16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Culiacan
Fly:  35​h
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Gansbaai
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Hazyview
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  40​h
End: Culiacan

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Escape the urban bustle at Cape of Good Hope and Signal Hill. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Platteklip Gorge, enjoy the sand and surf at Llandudno Beach, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary maker .

Culiacan, Mexico to Cape Town is an approximately 35-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Culiacan to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Culiacan in April: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 28°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

1
night
Gansbaai

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then take a pleasant ride with Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gansbaai sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Gansbaai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Gansbaai

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Shark Diving

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay road trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Gansbaai to Plettenberg Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Gansbaai in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Plettenberg Bay, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©

1
night
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
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 4th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oudtshoorn when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

1
night
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stroll through Elephant Whispers.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hazyview trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Hazyview by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

3
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.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Sweni Wilderness Trail. There's more to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve.

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You can drive from Hazyview to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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