18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Cathkin Park
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
District Six Museum and South African Jewish Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Robben Island and Maclear's Beacon. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, do a tasting at Klein Constantia, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and stroll through Clifton Beaches.

Before you visit Cape Town, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and then trek along Otter Trail. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay day trip planning site .

Getting from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in November, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cathkin Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Otter Trail, Garden Route National Park
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©

1
day
Cathkin Park

Cathkin Park ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Drakensberg Mountains and then take in the architecture and design of Drakensberg Boys Choir.

Planning Cathkin Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Plettenberg Bay to Cathkin Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cathkin Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Drakensberg Mountains
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Drakensberg Mountains ©
Drakensberg Mountains
Drakensberg Boys Choir School ©
Drakensberg Boys Choir School

3
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Go for a jaunt from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit to see Kumbaya Home Decor about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sweni Wilderness Trail and trek along Lonely Bull Trail.

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You can drive from Cathkin Park to Kruger National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kumbaya Home Decor
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

4
nights
Johannesburg

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.
Let the collections at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Constitution Hill and Union Buildings. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Go Safari. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Mandela House and browse the exhibits of I was shot in Joburg.

Plan trip to Johannesburg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Union Buildings
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Go Safari ©
Go Safari

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