19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Pretoria
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Pongola
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
St Lucia
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Richards Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Durban
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Port Shepstone
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Mthatha
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
9
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Zurich

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then view the masterpieces at I was shot in Joburg, and then wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill, stop by Amatuli Artefacts, and then try your luck at Emperors Palace.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip builder site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Traveling from Zurich in December, things will get much warmer in Johannesburg: highs are around 32°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pretoria.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Amatuli Artefacts, Emperors Palace
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Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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Pretoria

Pretoria
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore by horseback at Horseback Africa, then pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument, and then contemplate the long history of Union Buildings.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pretoria trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Johannesburg to Pretoria in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, Pretoria is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Pretoria

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

1
night
Pongola

Pongola
Pongola is a small town situated in a very beautiful and fertile valley on the N2, near the Lubombo Mountains, in the valleys of Zululand, easily accessible to the Swaziland Border Posts, It is a unique and tranquil subtropical environment.. Tiger Hunters Tours & Safaris - Day Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take an exotic tour of Tiger Hunters Tours & Safaris - Day Adventures.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pongola online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Pretoria to Pongola in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. You will leave for Port Elizabeth on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Pongola

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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St Lucia

St Lucia
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Heritage Tours & Safaris.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our St Lucia trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pongola to St Lucia takes 2.5 hours. December in St Lucia sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Richards Bay.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

1
night
Richards Bay

Richards Bay
Richards Bay is a town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Richards Bay trip itinerary planner .

Drive from St Lucia to Richards Bay in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Richards Bay

Shopping
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Durban

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding and then stroll through Umhlanga Main Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Durban trip planner .

Traveling by car from Richards Bay to Durban takes 2 hours. Traveling from Richards Bay in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 25°C in Durban. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Shepstone.

Things to do in Durban

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

1
night
Port Shepstone

Port Shepstone ©
Port Shepstone is a town situated on the mouth of the largest river on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the Mzimkulu River (the great home of all rivers). For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Port Shepstone trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Durban to Port Shepstone takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Durban, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Port Shepstone, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 22°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mthatha.

Things to do in Port Shepstone

Museums

Side Trip

Butterfly Farm
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Butterfly Farm ©
Butterfly Farm

1
night
Mthatha

Mthatha
For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mthatha travel planning website .

You can drive from Port Shepstone to Mthatha in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Port Shepstone in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Mthatha. On the 21st (Fri), you're off toHermanus.

Things to do in Mthatha

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. Get outdoors at Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Shark Diving (in Gansbaai) and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve (in Stanford). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Rossouw Modern, explore the galleries of Lembu Gallery & Studio, and do a tasting at Ataraxia Wines.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus day trip planning app .

Drive from Mthatha to Hermanus in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Gansbaai, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve ©
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West Coast National Park and Wine Tours & Tastings. We've included these beaches for you: Bloubergstrand Beach and Boulders Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Robben Island, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, savor the flavors at Groot Constantia, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

West Coast National Park, Wine Tours & Tastings, Chapman's Peak Drive, Boschendal Wine Estate, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

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