25 days in South Africa Itinerary

25 days in South Africa Itinerary

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25 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 1 day
Bus:  1​h
2
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
3
Cape Town
— 1 day
Bus:  1​h
4
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Franschhoek
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Franschhoek
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
8
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Bus:  30​min
10
Knysna
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
11
Bonjaneni
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
13
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h
14
Pretoria
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Ottawa

1
day
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and then cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town itinerary builder tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Ottawa to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Ottawa in December: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Chapman's Peak Drive ©
Chapman's Peak Drive
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Stellenbosch online travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Tours Outdoors
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1
day
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): do a tasting at High Constantia Wine Cellar, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, then learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cape Town trip simple and quick.

You can take a bus from Stellenbosch to Cape Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum
High Constantia Wine Cellar ©
High Constantia Wine Cellar

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch
To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Stellenbosch trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You will leave for Franschhoek on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Tours Outdoors
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1
night
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.
On the 1st (Fri), do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, then see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Boschendal Wine Estate. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Spice Route Destination and then do a tasting at La Motte Wine Estate.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Franschhoek route planning app .

Franschhoek is just a short distance from Stellenbosch. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Paarl
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Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch
To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Stellenbosch journey website .

Stellenbosch is just a short distance from Franschhoek. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off toFranschhoek.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Tours Outdoors
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1
day
Franschhoek

Franschhoek ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Van Ryn's Distillery, and finally contemplate the long history of Boschendal Wine Estate.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Franschhoek trip builder site .

Franschhoek is very close to Stellenbosch. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Fairview Wine and Cheese, Van Ryn's Distillery
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
On the 4th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at The Stellenbosch Village Museum and then learn about winemaking at Spier Wine Farm.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Stellenbosch trip maker tool .

Stellenbosch is very close to Franschhoek. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Spier Wine Farm ©
Spier Wine Farm
The Stellenbosch Village Museum ©
The Stellenbosch Village Museum

1
night
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.
For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Franschhoek to Plettenberg Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Franschhoek in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Garden Route National Park
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): look for gifts at Tiny Shop.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Knysna online sightseeing planner .

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. January in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Bonjaneni.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Tiny Shop
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

4
nights
Bonjaneni

Bonjaneni ©
Tugela Falls has been added to your itinerary. When in Bonjaneni, make a side trip to see Cathedral Peak in Kokwane, approximately 36 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bonjaneni travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Knysna to Bonjaneni with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.

Things to do in Bonjaneni

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

KwaZulu-Natal, Cathedral Peak
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Tugela Falls ©
Tugela Falls
Cathedral Peak ©
Cathedral Peak
Royal Natal National Park ©
Royal Natal National Park

1
night
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park ©
On the 11th (Mon), look for gifts at Underberg Cheesery.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bonjaneni to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Shopping

Side Trip

Underberg Cheesery
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Underberg Cheesery ©
Underberg Cheesery

5
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.
Step out of Kruger National Park with an excursion to Big Boabab in Gravelotte--about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 15th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, stroll through Idube Game Reserve, get great views at Nkumbe View Site, and don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park to Kruger National Park. January in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Big Boabab, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

3
nights
Pretoria

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 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pretoria trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Pretoria in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Kruger National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pretoria, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pretoria

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Johannesburg
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Voortrekker Monument ©
Voortrekker Monument

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