18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 6 nights
— 2 nights
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 4 nights


Cape Town — 6 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island Museum and Bo-kaap. Visit Groot Constantia and Castle of Good Hope for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Franschhoek (Eikehof & First South African Perfume Museum). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, savor the flavors at Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours, explore and take pictures at Cape Point, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Robertson.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:

Robertson — 2 nights

A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers and then learn about winemaking at Four Cousins Tasting Room. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Esona Boutique Wine Estate, get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Robertson road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Robertson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Robertson can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.
Wineries · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Plettenberg Bay — 3 nights

As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). The adventure continues: stroll through Birds of Eden and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Robertson to Plettenberg Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Hoedspruit.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Hoedspruit — 2 nights

Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Amarula Lapa, and then stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit vacation planner.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Hoedspruit in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Plettenberg Bay in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Hoedspruit, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to Johannesburg.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Johannesburg — 4 nights

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Get some historical perspective at Mandela House and Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. Do some cultural sightseeing at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. The adventure continues: try to win big at Montecasino, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and gain some tasty knowledge on Time Anchor Distillery.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
Side Trip
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South Africa travel guide

Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.