24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Taxi:  5​h
1
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Storms River
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Wilderness
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Franschhoek
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Cape Town
— 12 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Addo Elephant National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Johannesburg to Addo Elephant National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for little chillier days in Addo Elephant National Park, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Storms River.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

2
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 6th (Thu): stroll through Waterfall Trail, don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Otter Trail. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Suspension Bridge and then hike along The Dolphin Trail.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Storms River day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Storms River in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Storms River sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Storms River

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
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Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and finally stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay online trip planner .

You can drive from Storms River to Plettenberg Bay in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

2
nights
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
You've now added Timberlake Organic Village to your itinerary. On the 10th (Mon), have some family-friendly fun at Timberlake Organic Village and then explore the striking landscape of Wilderness National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): get great views at Map of Africa Viewpoint, then get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout, and then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Wilderness trip maker site .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August since evenings lows in Wilderness dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Beaches
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Timberlake Organic Village ©
Timberlake Organic Village

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for gifts at Die Biltong Boetiek, take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bontebok National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marloth Nature Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Apostolic Church, and then hike along De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Swellendam online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Wilderness to Swellendam in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
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Bontebok National Park ©
Bontebok National Park
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
Marloth Nature Reserve ©
Marloth Nature Reserve

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Franschhoek Pass, see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum, then examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, then engage your brain at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, and finally look for gifts at Bebe's Chocolaterie and Gluten Free Patisserie. On the next day, do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, then get engrossed in the history at The Stellenbosch Village Museum, and then experience rural life at Boschendal Wine Estate.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Franschhoek road trip app .

You can drive from Swellendam to Franschhoek in 2.5 hours. In August in Franschhoek, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

12
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kids will enjoy Cape Point and Two Oceans Aquarium. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Shark Diving (in Hermanus) and West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner.

You can drive from Franschhoek to Cape Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Chapman's Peak Drive, West Coast National Park
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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