14 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive
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Langebaan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
Fly

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Cape Town — 3 nights

Mother City

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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town online driving holiday planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Cape Town. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Langebaan.
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Langebaan — 3 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Langebaan side-trips: Shelley Bay Beach (in St. Helena Bay) and West Coast National Park (West Coast National Park & Gamkaberg Nature Reserve).

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Langebaan journey planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Langebaan in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Langebaan can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Swellendam.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Swellendam — 2 nights

Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mildred's Chapelry, learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, and then relax in the rural setting at Farmer Redbeard. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, then relax in the rural setting at Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm, and finally get outside with American Dream Cars.

Discover how to plan a Swellendam trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Langebaan to Swellendam takes 3.5 hours. December in Swellendam sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay — 1 night

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 28th (Wed): stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, then stroll through Birds of Eden, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Plettenberg Bay takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg — 2 nights

City of Light

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 29th (Thu): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then try to win big at Montecasino, and then look for gifts at Jack Friedman Sandton City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): try out the rides at Gold Reef City.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip planner.

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Plettenberg Bay, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park — 2 nights

One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
On the 31st (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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.
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