18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Kuruman
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Augrabies Falls National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Springbok
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Lamberts Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Cape Town
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  3​h
6
Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Nature's Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Kimberley
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Kuruman

Kuruman ©
Kuruman is a town with 13,057 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. On the 6th (Mon), admire the sheer force of The Eye of Kuruman.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kuruman trip planning tool .

Johannesburg to Kuruman is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Things to do in Kuruman

Nature Parks
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The Eye of Kuruman ©
The Eye of Kuruman

1
night
Augrabies Falls National Park

Augrabies Falls National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Augrabies Falls National Park.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Augrabies Falls National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Kuruman to Augrabies Falls National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Springbok.

Things to do in Augrabies Falls National Park

Nature Parks
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Augrabies Falls National Park ©
Augrabies Falls National Park

2
nights
Springbok

Springbok ©
Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. You've now added Namaqua National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Goegap Nature Reserve. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Namaqua National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Springbok trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Augrabies Falls National Park to Springbok in 3 hours. In April in Springbok, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lamberts Bay.

Things to do in Springbok

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Namaqua National Park
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Namaqua National Park ©
Namaqua National Park
Goegap Nature Reserve ©
Goegap Nature Reserve

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night
Lamberts Bay

Lamberts Bay ©
On the 10th (Fri), stroll through Bird Island Nature Reserve.

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

Drive from Springbok to Lamberts Bay in 4 hours. Traveling from Springbok in April, you will find days in Lamberts Bay are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Lamberts Bay

Wildlife Parks
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Bird Island Nature Reserve ©
Bird Island Nature Reserve

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Platteklip Gorge and First South African Perfume Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum, Franschhoek Pass, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point and explore and take pictures at Chapman's Peak Drive.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lamberts Bay to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Traveling from Lamberts Bay in April, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

2
nights
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and then take an in-depth tour of Janine Iron and Washing Museum. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nkonzo Wildlife Research and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mossel Bay trip planning website .

Fly from Cape Town to Mossel Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Mossel Bay, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Nature's Valley.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Wildlife Museums Parks
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Nkonzo Wildlife Research ©
Nkonzo Wildlife Research
Shark Diving
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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nights
Nature's Valley

Nature's Valley ©
Nature's Valley is a holiday resort and small village on the Garden Route along the southern Cape coast of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Natures Valley Beach. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Storms River bridge, then don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and then snap pictures at Suspension Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nature's Valley online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Nature's Valley takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Nature's Valley are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Nature's Valley

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River bridge
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Natures Valley Beach ©
Natures Valley Beach
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

2
nights
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Addo Elephant National Park visit planner .

Drive from Nature's Valley to Addo Elephant National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

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

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night
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Camdeboo National Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Camdeboo National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Graaff-Reinet sightseeing planner .

Drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Graaff-Reinet in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Nature Parks
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Camdeboo National Park ©
Camdeboo National Park

2
nights
Kimberley

Kimberley ©
As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole and then examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Felidae Centre and then examine the collection at Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kimberley online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Kimberley takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In April in Kimberley, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Shopping Wildlife
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Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre ©
Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre

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