13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Potchefstroom
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
2
Kimberley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Nieu-Bethesda
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Sutherland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Tankwa Karoo National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Storms River
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Hogsback
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Coffee Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
Port Edward
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Howick
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

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day
Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom ©
Potchefstroom is an academic city in the North West Province of South Africa. On the 3rd (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at MooiRivier Mall.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Potchefstroom day trip site .

London, UK to Potchefstroom is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Potchefstroom at 38°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Potchefstroom

Shopping
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MooiRivier Mall ©
MooiRivier Mall

1
night
Kimberley

Kimberley ©
As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kimberley travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Potchefstroom to Kimberley takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Potchefstroom in December, expect nights in Kimberley to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nieu-Bethesda.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Historic Sites
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Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
Magersfontein Battlefield ©
Magersfontein Battlefield
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole

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night
Nieu-Bethesda

Nieu-Bethesda ©
Nieu-Bethesda is a village in the Eastern Cape at the foot of the Sneeuberge, approximately 50km from Graaff Reinet. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by Dustcovers, then examine the collection at The Owl House, and then get a new perspective on nature at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Nieu-Bethesda online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kimberley to Nieu-Bethesda by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sutherland.

Things to do in Nieu-Bethesda

Museums Shopping
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©
Dustcovers ©
Dustcovers

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Sutherland

Sutherland ©
Sutherland is a town with about 2,841 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. On the 6th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Sutherland NG Kerk, then see the sky in a new way at Sutherland Planetarium, and then look and learn at Southern Africa Large Telescope.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sutherland trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Nieu-Bethesda to Sutherland in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tankwa Karoo National Park.

Things to do in Sutherland

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Sutherland NG Kerk ©
Sutherland NG Kerk
Southern Africa Large Telescope ©
Southern Africa Large Telescope
Sutherland Planetarium ©
Sutherland Planetarium

1
night
Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park
To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tankwa Karoo National Park tour planner .

You can drive from Sutherland to Tankwa Karoo National Park in 2.5 hours. December in Tankwa Karoo National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 13°C at night. You'll set off for Mossel Bay on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): trek along St. Blaize Trail, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then tee off at Pinnacle Point Golf Club.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossel Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tankwa Karoo National Park to Mossel Bay takes 6 hours. When traveling from Tankwa Karoo National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Mossel Bay: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Storms River.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Trails Golf
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St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Shark Diving
Pinnacle Point Golf Club ©
Pinnacle Point Golf Club

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night
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): hike along Otter Trail and then trek along The Dolphin Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Storms River trip maker app .

Getting from Mossel Bay to Storms River by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hogsback.

Things to do in Storms River

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Otter Trail
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

1
night
Hogsback

Hogsback ©
Hogsback is a town in the Amathole Mountains in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.NameThere are two theories as how the village received its name. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): head outdoors with Hogsback Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hogsback Arboretum.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hogsback online travel route planner .

You can drive from Storms River to Hogsback in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in Hogsback

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Hogsback Arboretum ©
Hogsback Arboretum
Hogsback Adventures ©
Hogsback Adventures

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Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll through Coffee Bay Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mdumbi Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Coffee Bay holiday planner.

You can drive from Hogsback to Coffee Bay in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Edward.

Things to do in Coffee Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mdumbi Beach
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Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach

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night
Port Edward

Port Edward ©
Port Edward is a small resort town situated on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, right on the Eastern Cape Province border.Port Edward is a tourist resort for seasonal visitors from more affluent regions of South Africa. On the 12th (Thu), kick back and relax at Lucien Beach, tee off at Southbroom Golf Course, and then stroll through Mzamba Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Edward journey planning tool .

You can drive from Coffee Bay to Port Edward in 6 hours. Traveling from Coffee Bay in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Port Edward, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Howick.

Things to do in Port Edward

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lucien Beach, Southbroom Golf Course
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Mzamba Beach ©
Mzamba Beach
Southbroom Golf Course ©
Southbroom Golf Course

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nights
Howick

Howick ©
Sitting 1,050 m (3,445 ft) above sea level, Howick boasts waterfalls, gorges, and rivers, and was the site of Nelson Mandela's arrest in 1962.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Chocolate Heaven, stroll through Karkloof Conservation Centre, then admire the sheer force of Howick Falls, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Luke's Anglican Church.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Howick planning tool .

Getting from Port Edward to Howick by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Port Edward in December since evenings lows in Howick dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Howick

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Chocolate Heaven
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Howick Falls ©
Howick Falls
Karkloof Conservation Centre ©
Karkloof Conservation Centre
St Luke's Anglican Church ©
St Luke's Anglican Church

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