13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 1 night
2
Durban
— 2 nights
3
Cape Town
— 6 nights
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and finally look for gifts at Jack Friedman Eastgate. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then test your problem-solving skills at HintHunt.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg route maker site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Johannesburg. In December, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, HintHunt
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct

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Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a splash at uShaka Marine World and then stop by Joe's Corner Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at Mindgame Escape, then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Durban trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Durban. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Mindgame Escape
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Two Oceans Aquarium. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head, stroll through Signal Hill, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Town online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Cape Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in December, things will get slightly colder in Cape Town: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Knysna RIB Adventures and Robberg Nature Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree & Suspension Bridge), Knysna (Jandreart Studio & Knysna Heads) and Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours (in Storms River). There's still lots to do: stroll through Birds of Eden.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay day trip planning website.

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Knysna RIB Adventures ©
Knysna RIB Adventures
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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