16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  16​h
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Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
East London
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
3
Coffee Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Storms River
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Nature's Valley
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— Few hours
Bus:  30​min
8
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Swellendam
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Cape Agulhas
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Hermanus
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
15
Franschhoek
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
16
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. On your second day here, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, then stop by Monkeybiz, then take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

Discover how to plan a Cape Town trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Valletta, Malta to Cape Town is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Cape Town. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Valletta in December; daily highs in Cape Town reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for East London.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Signal Hill ©
Signal Hill
Lion's Head ©
Lion's Head

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East London

East London
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read East London tour itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cape Town to East London. In December in East London, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in East London

Parks Outdoors Shopping
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Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hole in the Wall. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Hole in the Wall.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Coffee Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from East London to Coffee Bay takes 4 hours. Traveling from East London in December, Coffee Bay is a bit cooler at night with lows of 16°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Addo Elephant National Park.
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Hole in the Wall ©
Hole in the Wall

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park
To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Addo Elephant National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Coffee Bay to Addo Elephant National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Addo Elephant National Park can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Storms River.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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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.
You've now added Waterfall Trail to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hike along Waterfall Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Storms River travel planner .

Traveling by car from Addo Elephant National Park to Storms River takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Storms River can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Nature's Valley.

Things to do in Storms River

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Waterfall Trail
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Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail

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Nature's Valley

Nature's Valley ©
Nature's Valley is a holiday resort and small village on the Garden Route along the southern Cape coast of South Africa. You've now added Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nature's Valley journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Storms River to Nature's Valley takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Nature's Valley

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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Plettenberg Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): trek along Garden of Eden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay visit planner .

You can drive from Nature's Valley to Plettenberg Bay in an hour. December in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Garden of Eden
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Garden of Eden ©
Garden of Eden

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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.
Knysna Heads has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip planner .

Knysna is just a stone's throw from Plettenberg Bay. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Victoria Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Victoria Bay ©
Victoria Bay

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes St. Blaize Trail as well as Santos Beach. On the 22nd (Sun), trek along St. Blaize Trail and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santos Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mossel Bay online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Mossel Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Swellendam.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Parks Trails
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St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach

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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.
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Swellendam online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mossel Bay to Swellendam in 2 hours. In December in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Swellendam

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas vacation tool .

You can drive from Swellendam to Cape Agulhas in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gansbaai

Gansbaai ©
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
You've now added Fynbos Trail to your itinerary.

Find out how to plan Gansbaai trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Cape Agulhas to Gansbaai in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Gansbaai are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hermanus.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fynbos Trail
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Fynbos Trail ©
Fynbos Trail

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Creation has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): do a tasting at Creation and then stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus trip planner .

Drive from Gansbaai to Hermanus in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Creation ©
Creation

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Victoria & Alfred Waterfront as well as Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and then explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Cape Town route planner.

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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Franschhoek

Franschhoek
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Franschhoek route planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Franschhoek takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Franschhoek are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Tours Outdoors
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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Table Mountain National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, then pick up some local products at Neighbourgoods Market, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Woodstock Brewery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cape Town, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Franschhoek to Cape Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Neighbourgoods Market ©
Neighbourgoods Market
Woodstock Brewery ©
Woodstock Brewery

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