27 days in South Africa Itinerary

27 days in South Africa Itinerary

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27 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
King William's Town
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Port Alfred
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Bus:  30​min
5
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

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King William's Town

King William's Town ©
King William's Town is a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa along the banks of the Buffalo River. On the 28th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Steve Biko Centre.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read King William's Town trip planner .

Johannesburg to King William's Town is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, you will find days in King William's Town are little chillier (27°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Alfred.

Things to do in King William's Town

Museums
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
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Steve Biko Centre ©
Steve Biko Centre

2
nights
Port Alfred

Port Alfred ©
Port Alfred is a small town with a population of just under 26,000 in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. On the 29th (Fri), explore the activities along Kowie River, then play a few rounds at The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kelly's Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kariega Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Michael and St George, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Alfred travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from King William's Town to Port Alfred takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Port Alfred

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Grahamstown, Kariega Beach
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
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Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Kowie River ©
Kowie River
The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club ©
The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club

4
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Bring the kids along to Hobie Beach and King's Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Liquid Lines in Cape St Francis (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Sardinia Bay Beach, and hike along Chokka Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth online trip maker .

Getting from Port Alfred to Port Elizabeth by car takes about 2 hours. November in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Chokka Trail, Liquid Lines
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Valley Crag indoor climbing centre ©

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Plettenberg Bay to Storms River to see The Dolphin Trail about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, hike along Otter Trail, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, The Dolphin Trail
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

4
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Brenton on Sea and Cola Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: Wilderness (Tiny Shop & Parasailing & Paragliding). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, stroll through Pledge Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Knysna attractions site .

Knysna is just a short distance from Plettenberg Bay. In December, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wilderness
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

2
nights
Oudtshoorn

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, then stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then see the interesting displays at Calitzdorp Museum.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn vacation maker site .

Drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Calitzdorp Museum
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

4
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Onrus Beach and Kwaaiwater. Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: Shark Diving (in Gansbaai), Swellendam (Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery & Drostdy Museum) and Marbrin Olive Growers (in Robertson). There's much more to do: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, browse the exhibits of Originals Gallery, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Book Collector.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus journey tool .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Swellendam, Shark Diving, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Marbrin Olive Growers
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Shark Diving
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

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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 appreciate attractions like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The adventure continues: stroll through Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town online day trip planner .

You can 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. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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