25 days in South Africa Itinerary

25 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cape Town
— 1 day
2
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
3
Cape Town
— 1 day
4
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
5
Franschhoek
— 1 night
6
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
7
Franschhoek
— 1 day
8
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
9
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
10
Knysna
— 3 nights
11
Bonjaneni
— 4 nights
12
UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
— 1 night
13
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
14
Pretoria
— 3 nights

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day
Cape Town

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

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Ottawa, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in December, with highs in Cape Town at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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 find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Stellenbosch trip planning app.

You can drive from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 31st (Thu), you're off to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Tours Outdoors
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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): do a tasting at High Constantia Wine Cellar, thenadmire all the interesting features of Robben Island Museum, thenlearn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary maker site.

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

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
High Constantia Wine Cellar ©
High Constantia Wine Cellar

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch
To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Stellenbosch trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): learn about winemaking at Fairview Wine and Cheese, examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Boschendal Wine Estate. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Spice Route Destination and then do a tasting at La Motte Wine Estate.

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Franschhoek is just a stone's throw from Stellenbosch. January in Franschhoek sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Paarl
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
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 where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Stellenbosch online holiday planner.

Stellenbosch is just a short distance from Franschhoek. You will leave for Franschhoek on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Tours Outdoors
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Franschhoek

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

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Franschhoek online visit planner.

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 Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at The Stellenbosch Village Museum and then do a tasting at Spier Wine Farm.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Stellenbosch road trip planning app.

Stellenbosch is just a stone's throw from Franschhoek. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough 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

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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.
To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Stellenbosch to Plettenberg Bay takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Stellenbosch in January: highs in Plettenberg Bay hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Garden Route National Park
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
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.
On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip planner.

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. In January, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bonjaneni.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Tiny Shop
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
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. Step out of Bonjaneni with an excursion to Cathedral Peak in Kokwane--about 36 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bonjaneni trip builder.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Bonjaneni takes 12.5 hours. On the 12th (Tue), you're off to UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.

Things to do in Bonjaneni

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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night
UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): look for gifts at Underberg Cheesery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park vacation planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bonjaneni to UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Shopping

Side Trip

Underberg Cheesery
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
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.
When in Kruger National Park, make a side trip to see Big Boabab in Gravelotte, approximately Gravelotte away. Spend the 15th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site, and explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park journey builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park to Kruger National Park. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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nights
Pretoria

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pretoria online route planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Pretoria by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Kruger National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pretoria: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Pretoria

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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