2 days in South Africa Itinerary

2 days in South Africa Itinerary

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2 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
train:  28 h
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Jeffreys Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Castle of Good Hope. The adventure continues: get great views at Cape Point, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, and take a stroll through Bo-kaap.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town holiday builder tool .

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you will find days in Cape Town are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Two Oceans Aquarium ©
Two Oceans Aquarium

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 2nd (Mon), make a trip to NG Kerk Swellendam.

To plan Swellendam vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Swellendam takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Oudtshoorn.
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NG Kerk Swellendam ©
NG Kerk Swellendam

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): Head underground at Cango Caves and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Jude's Anglican Church, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn online route maker .

Getting from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

1
night
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip site .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Nature Parks Shopping
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Jandreart Studio ©
Jandreart Studio

2
nights
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Thanks to the proximity of top tourist spots, Jeffreys Bay vacations allow you to surf, fish, tag sharks, watch wildlife, ride horses along the beach, and experience the world's highest bungee jump all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Jeffrey's Bay Shell Museum (Charlotte Kritzinger Shell Museum). On the next day, explore by horseback at Papiesfontein Beach Horse Trails and then enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Jeffreys Bay journey builder website .

Drive from Knysna to Jeffreys Bay in 2.5 hours. In September in Jeffreys Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Papiesfontein Beach Horse Trails ©
Papiesfontein Beach Horse Trails
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

2
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Take a break from Port Elizabeth with a short trip to Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo in Addo Elephant National Park, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 8th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and snap pictures at Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge).

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Jeffreys Bay to Port Elizabeth in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists ©

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