15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nelson Mandela Capture Site. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for gifts at Chocolate Heaven, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Capture Site, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Karkloof Conservation Centre.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Howick travel route planner .

Clarens to Howick is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. December in Howick sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Edward.

Things to do in Howick

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Chocolate Heaven
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Karkloof Conservation Centre ©
Karkloof Conservation Centre
Chocolate Heaven ©
Chocolate Heaven
Nelson Mandela Capture Site ©
Nelson Mandela Capture Site

1
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvongo Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lucien Beach, and then kick back and relax at Trafalgar Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Edward trip planner .

You can drive from Howick to Port Edward in 3 hours. Traveling from Howick in December, you will find days in Port Edward are little chillier (29°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in Port Edward

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lucien Beach, Trafalgar Beach, Uvongo Beach
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Trafalgar Beach ©
Trafalgar Beach

2
nights
Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Coffee Bay Beach and then kick back and relax at Mdumbi Beach. On your second day here, make a trip to Hole in the Wall and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lubanzi Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Coffee Bay road trip planning website .

Drive from Port Edward to Coffee Bay in 6 hours. Traveling from Port Edward in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 16°C in Coffee Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Hogsback.

Things to do in Coffee Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lubanzi Beach, Mdumbi Beach
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Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach
Hole in the Wall ©
Hole in the Wall

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll through Hogsback Arboretum, look for gifts at The Chocolate Shoppe, and then admire the natural beauty at The Camelot Fairy Meander.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hogsback trip builder website .

You can drive from Coffee Bay to Hogsback in 5.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hogsback can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Nieu-Bethesda.

Things to do in Hogsback

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Hogsback Arboretum ©
Hogsback Arboretum
The Camelot Fairy Meander ©
The Camelot Fairy Meander
The Chocolate Shoppe ©
The Chocolate Shoppe

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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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Owl House, then get a new perspective on nature at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, and then view the masterpieces at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nieu-Bethesda visit site .

Traveling by car from Hogsback to Nieu-Bethesda takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Storms River.

Things to do in Nieu-Bethesda

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

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nights
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 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, take in the exciting artwork at Bitou Art Gallery, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, snap pictures at Storms River bridge and then enjoy the sand and surf at Natures Valley Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Storms River online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Nieu-Bethesda to Storms River takes 5 hours. In December in Storms River, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Natures Valley Beach, Storms River bridge, Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree
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Natures Valley Beach ©
Natures Valley Beach
Storms River bridge ©
Storms River bridge
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Diaz Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Janine Iron and Washing Museum, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tee off at Mossel Bay Golf Club.

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Traveling by car from Storms River to Mossel Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sutherland.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Shark Diving
Mossel Bay Golf Club ©
Mossel Bay Golf Club
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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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 12th (Thu), see the sky in a new way at Sutherland Planetarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sutherland NG Kerk, and then see the sky in a new way at Southern Africa Large Telescope.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sutherland journey planner .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Sutherland takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can 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

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Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park
For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Tankwa Karoo National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from Sutherland to Tankwa Karoo National Park in 2.5 hours. In December in Tankwa Karoo National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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nights
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 14th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Big Hole and then see the interesting displays at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mokala National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kimberley planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tankwa Karoo National Park to Kimberley. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tankwa Karoo National Park in December; daily highs in Kimberley reach 41°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Parks Nature Museums
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Mokala National Park ©
Mokala National Park
Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre ©
Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole

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