16 days in South Africa & Mauritius Itinerary

16 days in South Africa & Mauritius Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa & Mauritius Itinerary

Start: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Fly:  32​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Pretoria, South Africa
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
6
Graskop, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Richards Bay, South Africa
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
8
Chamarel, Mauritius
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 3 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Guayaquil, Ecuador


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1
night
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill and then take a stroll through Bo-kaap. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, then cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, and then trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online trip maker .

Guayaquil, Ecuador to Cape Town is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to South Africa Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil in November, expect Cape Town to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Chapman's Peak Drive ©
Chapman's Peak Drive

1
night
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, and finally look for gifts at Bella-Mia Pottery.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cape Town in November: highs in Oudtshoorn hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Shopping
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

2
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
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.
On the 7th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and then stroll through Radical Raptors. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

1
night
Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): ride a horse along Horseback Africa, then take in nature's colorful creations at Pretoria National Botanical Garden, and then contemplate the long history of Union Buildings.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pretoria trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Plettenberg Bay to Pretoria takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Pretoria: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Horseback Africa ©
Horseback Africa
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings
Pretoria National Botanical Garden ©

1
night
Johannesburg, South Africa

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 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg road trip planning tool .

Drive from Pretoria to Johannesburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Pretoria in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Graskop.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

1
night
Graskop, South Africa

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Lisbon Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, and finally cruise along Panorama Route.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Graskop day trip website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Johannesburg to Graskop in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Graskop sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Richards Bay.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Lisbon Falls ©
Lisbon Falls
Wonder View ©
Wonder View

1
day
Richards Bay, South Africa

Richards Bay ©
Richards Bay is a town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll through Alkantstrand Beach.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Richards Bay visit planner .

You can drive from Graskop to Richards Bay in 8 hours. Another option is to fly. November in Richards Bay sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Chamarel.

Things to do in Richards Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Alkantstrand Beach ©
Alkantstrand Beach

1
day
Chamarel, Mauritius

Chamarel ©
The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Chamarel Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Curious Corner of Chamarel, take in the dramatic natural features at Seven Colored Earths, then delve into the lush surroundings at Ebony Forest Reserve, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at La Vallee des Couleurs.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamarel itinerary maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Richards Bay to Chamarel. Traveling from Richards Bay to Chamarel, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chamarel when traveling from Richards Bay in November, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Grand Baie.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

La Vallee des Couleurs, Chamarel Waterfall
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Ebony Forest Reserve ©
Ebony Forest Reserve
La Vallee des Couleurs ©
La Vallee des Couleurs
Curious Corner of Chamarel ©
Curious Corner of Chamarel

3
nights
Grand Baie, Mauritius

Wide-open beaches with dazzling blue water and a relaxed coastal atmosphere lure visitors to take a trip to Grand Baie.
We've included these beaches for you: Bain Boeuf Public Beach and Pointe d'Esny. Discover out-of-the-way places like Solar Sea Walk (Undersea Walk Ltd) and Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Mahebourg Naval Museum in Mahebourg (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mont Choisy Beach, don't miss a visit to Notre Dame Auxiliatrice, examine the collection at Chateau De Labourdonnais, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Baie sightseeing site .

Getting from Chamarel to Grand Baie by car takes about 1.5 hours. November in Grand Baie sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Baie

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mahebourg, Cap Malheureux, SSR Botanic Garden, Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, Chateau De Labourdonnais
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Speed Boats Tours
Mont Choisy Beach ©
Mont Choisy Beach
Bain Boeuf Public Beach ©
Bain Boeuf Public Beach

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