20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Harrismith
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Clarens
— 1 night
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Fouriesburg
— 1 night
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Bloemfontein
— 2 nights
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Coffee Bay
— 2 nights
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Graaff-Reinet
— 3 nights
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Knysna
— 2 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Cape Town
— 2 nights
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Lamberts Bay
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Harrismith

Harrismith ©
Harrismith is a large town in the Free State province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at La Vita Spa Qwantani Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glen Garriff Conservation, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Love Lions Alive.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Harrismith travel itinerary planner.

Johannesburg to Harrismith is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Harrismith when traveling from Johannesburg in December, with lows around 15°C. You will leave for Clarens on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Harrismith

Wildlife · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

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Glen Garriff Conservation ©
Glen Garriff Conservation

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Clarens

Clarens ©
Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State". On the 12th (Sun), stop by The Ugly Duckling, then sample the tasty concoctions at Clarens Brewery, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tobias Art.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Clarens driving holiday planner.

Getting from Harrismith to Clarens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Clarens can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will leave for Fouriesburg on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Clarens

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Museums
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Clarens Brewery ©
Clarens Brewery
Tobias Art ©
Tobias Art
The Ugly Duckling ©
The Ugly Duckling

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Fouriesburg

Fouriesburg ©
Fouriesburg is a small town situated at the junction of the R711 and R26 routes in the eastern Free State, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stop by Jenlees Country Shop and Bistro.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fouriesburg trip planner.

Fouriesburg is just a stone's throw from Clarens. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Fouriesburg

Shopping
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Jenlees Country Shop and Bistro ©
Jenlees Country Shop and Bistro

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Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein ©

City of Roses

Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Kotze Kunsgalery / Art Gallery, then look and learn at Naval Hill Planetarium, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zanchieta Lodge and Wild Cat Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Cheetah Experience, then admire the masterpieces at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Gallery on Leviseur.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bloemfontein tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fouriesburg to Bloemfontein in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fouriesburg in December: highs in Bloemfontein hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums · Shopping
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Naval Hill Planetarium ©
Naval Hill Planetarium
Cheetah Experience ©
Cheetah Experience
Oliewenhuis Art Museum ©
Oliewenhuis Art Museum

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Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lubanzi Beach and Coffee Bay Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Coffee Bay visit website.

You can drive from Bloemfontein to Coffee Bay in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Bloemfontein, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Coffee Bay, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Coffee Bay

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach
Hole in the Wall ©
Hole in the Wall

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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.
You'll explore and learn at The Owl House and Urquhart House Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk and St James the Great Anglican Church. Change things up with a short trip to First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre in Nieu-Bethesda (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Old Residency, see the world from above with FlyKaroo Air Services Pty Ltd, admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, and take in the local highlights with KAROO CONNECTIONS Tours & Transfers.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet trip planning site.

You can drive from Coffee Bay to Graaff-Reinet in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk

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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 22nd (Wed), explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, and finally kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Scarab Village, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sedgefield Craft Brewery, then fly like a bird with FlyTime Paragliding South Africa, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Goukamma Nature Reserve.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Knysna using our trip planner.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Goukamma Nature Reserve ©
Goukamma Nature Reserve

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Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©

Ostrich Capital of the World

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 24th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Meiringspoort Waterfall, explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort, and then surround yourself with nature on Swartberg Mountain Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Boplaas, learn about winemaking at Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm, then do a tasting at De Krans Wines, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place, and finally examine the collection at Calitzdorp Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wineries · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©

Mother City

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 26th (Sun): examine the collection at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, see the world from above with Cape Town Helicopters, push the limits with Hi5 Paragliding, then fly like a bird with Fly Cape Town Paragliding, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, learn about winemaking at Eikehof, then examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Franschhoek Pass.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Cape Town tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Lamberts Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Eikehof ©
Eikehof
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

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Lamberts Bay

Lamberts Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Sandveld Museum and then stroll through Bird Island Nature Reserve. On the next day, do a tasting at Wine Estate - Fryer's Cove and then do a tasting at Teubes Family Wine Cellar.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lamberts Bay itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Lamberts Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lamberts Bay, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lamberts Bay

Wineries · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Bird Island Nature Reserve ©
Bird Island Nature Reserve
Wine Estate - Fryer's Cove ©
Wine Estate - Fryer's Cove
Teubes Family Wine Cellar ©
Teubes Family Wine Cellar

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