11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 1 day
2
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

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day
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Johannesburg. In February in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

2
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and finally stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit holiday maker website .

Getting from Johannesburg to Nelspruit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in February, expect much warmer with lows of 32°C in Nelspruit. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Cape of Good Hope, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Make your Cape Town itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Cape Town, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Signal Hill ©
Signal Hill

1
night
Gansbaai

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gansbaai planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Gansbaai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Shark Diving
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

1
night
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gansbaai to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves

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nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, and then steep yourself in history at Old Timber Shed. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Knysna Elephant Park
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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