50 days in Northern Cape & Western Cape Itinerary

50 days in Northern Cape & Western Cape Itinerary

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Kimberley
— 6 nights
Fly to Cape Town International Airport, Drive to West Coast National Park
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West Coast National Park
— 1 night
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Cape Town
— 19 nights
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Betty's Bay
— 2 nights
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Stanford
— 3 nights
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Swellendam
— 4 nights
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Albertinia
— 1 night
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Oudtshoorn
— 6 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 7 nights
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Kimberley — 6 nights

As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Big Hole and Vaal River Adventures. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Mokala National Park. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum, take in the exciting artwork at William Humphreys Art Gallery, and witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kimberley online vacation maker.

Johannesburg to Kimberley is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kimberley, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to West Coast National Park.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

West Coast National Park — 1 night

Witness the spring blossoms and vivid birdlife in West Coast National Park, among the richest in Western Cape.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at West Coast National Park.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read West Coast National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Kimberley to West Coast National Park with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kimberley in December, with highs in West Coast National Park at 31°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Cape Town — 19 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step off the beaten path and head to Franschhoek Motor Museum and Muizenberg Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Paarl (Afrikaans Language Monument & Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve), Stellenbosch (Eagle Encounters, Stellenbosch, South Africa, The Stellenbosch Village Museum, &more) and First South African Perfume Museum (in Franschhoek). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Bugz Family Playpark, hike along Platteklip Gorge, see the interesting displays at Heart of Cape Town Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip app.

Getting from West Coast National Park to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Betty's Bay.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — Jan 13:

Betty's Bay — 2 nights

Betty's Bay is a small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa's Western Cape province. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Pringle Bay Beach and then take in nature's colorful creations at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): look for gifts at The Fishing Cat and then kick back and relax at Kleinmond Beach.

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You can drive from Cape Town to Betty's Bay in 1.5 hours. In January in Betty's Bay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Stanford.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Stanford — 3 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and Overberg Honey Company. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Agulhas National Park and Klipgat Caves.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Stanford travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Betty's Bay to Stanford takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Stanford are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Swellendam.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Swellendam — 4 nights

Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Drostdy Museum and American Dream Cars. When in Swellendam, make a side trip to see Magpie Gallery in Barrydale, approximately Barrydale away. Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Bontebok National Park. The adventure continues: get outside with Umshanti, explore the galleries of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, stop by Chocolat Etc., and play a few rounds at Swellendam Golf Course.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Swellendam holiday app.

Drive from Stanford to Swellendam in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Albertinia.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Golf
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Albertinia — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take an exotic tour of Garden Route Game Lodge Day Safaris and then head outdoors with Umkhondo Big Five.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Albertinia online route planner.

You can drive from Swellendam to Albertinia in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Albertinia can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.
Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

Oudtshoorn — 6 nights

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Meiringspoort Waterfall and Swartberg Pass. Bring the kids along to Victoria Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: De Rust (De Rust Horseriding - Klein Karoo Horse Adventures & Meiringspoort), Peter Bayly Wines (in Calitzdorp) and Cape Palette Art Gallery (in George). Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, Head underground at Cango Caves, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Meerkat Magic.

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Traveling by car from Albertinia to Oudtshoorn takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:

Plettenberg Bay — 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden Route National Park and Bollard Bay. Attractions like Plett Puzzle Park and Plettenberg Bay Country Club make great kid-friendly stops. When in Plettenberg Bay, make a side trip to see Pledge Nature Reserve in Knysna, approximately Knysna away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, surround yourself with nature on Secrets of Knysna Forest, enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, and stop by La Carla Mask Atelier.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
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Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 5:

Northern Cape travel guide

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National Parks · History Museums · Nature & Parks
Highlights from a Northern Cape itinerary include rock climbing among the mountains and learning about the region's diamond-mining history. See a former excavation site--now filled with water--that claims to be the world's largest hole excavated by hand. Although partially covered in desert, the region blooms in spring, when the spectacle of vast fields of flowers generates an influx of tourism to the Northern Cape, the largest and most sparsely populated region of South Africa.

Western Cape travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains · Nature & Parks
Shifting landscapes of towering mountains, patchworks of farmlands, and sandy beaches draw visitors from all around the world to the Western Cape. Delve into the bustling commercial and industrial center of Cape Town, or tour quaint wineries dotting the countryside, where you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of gastronomic delights. Active vacations in the Western Cape make the most of a large number of outdoor activities and extreme sports, such as bungee-jumping, 4x4 driving, and jeep safaris through the region's wilderness.