11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg
— Few hours
train:  15​min
2
Sandton
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Umhlanga Rocks
— 1 night
4
Wilderness
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cape Town
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  24​h
End: Washington DC

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 2nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then contemplate the long history of South Western Townships.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip site .

Washington DC, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Johannesburg. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in May since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Sandton.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
South Western Townships ©
South Western Townships

1
night
Sandton

Sandton ©
The upscale Johannesburg district of Sandton, a commercial hub of the city, remains best known for its massive shopping complex, Sandton City.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, then stop by Amatuli Artefacts, then see the interesting displays at Liliesleaf Farm & Museum, and finally try to win big at Montecasino.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sandton tour planner .

Sandton is very close to Johannesburg. In May in Sandton, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Umhlanga Rocks.

Things to do in Sandton

Fun & Games Casinos Museums
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Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Nelson Mandela Square ©
Nelson Mandela Square
Liliesleaf ©
Liliesleaf

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night
Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Rocks ©
Hailed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Umhlanga Rocks boasts beautiful coastlines best suited for surfing, fishing, and whale and dolphin viewing.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Thompson's Bay Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Umhlanga Main Beach, and then stop by Art Africa Umhlanga Rocks.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Umhlanga Rocks trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sandton to Umhlanga Rocks in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sandton in May, with highs in Umhlanga Rocks at 80°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wilderness.

Things to do in Umhlanga Rocks

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Thompson's Bay Beach
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Thompson's Bay Beach ©
Thompson's Bay Beach
Art Africa Umhlanga Rocks ©
Art Africa Umhlanga Rocks

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night
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark's Cathedral, explore the activities along Kaaiman's River, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach, and finally get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wilderness online tour builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Umhlanga Rocks to Wilderness in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Umhlanga Rocks in May; daily highs in Wilderness reach 70°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

St Mark's Cathedral
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Dolphin Point Lookout ©
Dolphin Point Lookout
St Mark's Cathedral ©
St Mark's Cathedral

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Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 6th (Mon), hike along The Dolphin Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tsitsikamma National Park itinerary builder app .

Getting from Wilderness to Tsitsikamma National Park by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tsitsikamma National Park when traveling from Wilderness in May, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

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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.
On the 7th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Knysna Elephant Park
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 8th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, and then look for gifts at Funky Vibes.

You can plan Hermanus trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hermanus, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Theatre on the Bay as well as Gate69. On the 9th (Thu), catch a live performance at Theatre on the Bay, look for gifts at Prins & Prins, and then take in a show at Gate69. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Groote Kerk.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Nightlife Parks Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Gate69 ©
Gate69

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