20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Riga
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Durban
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
East London
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 45​min
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Riga

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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.
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Riga, Latvia to Johannesburg is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. In November, Johannesburg is much warmer than Riga - with highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C. You will leave for uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park on the 3rd (Fri).

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uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sani Pass and St Matthews Church. Get in touch with nature at Stormy Hill Trails & Tails and Spioenkop Nature Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to The Himeville Museum (in Himeville) and Underberg (Underberg Cheesery, Reichenau Mission, & more).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Johannesburg to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Underberg, Spioenkop Nature Reserve, The Himeville Museum, St Matthews Church, Stormy Hill Trails & Tails
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Sani Pass ©
Sani Pass
Stormy Hill Trails & Tails ©
Stormy Hill Trails & Tails
The Himeville Museum ©
The Himeville Museum

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Durban

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, then take an in-depth tour of KwaZulu-Natal Museum, and then kick back and relax at Thompson's Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, explore the world behind art at Tatham Art Gallery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of West Street Mosque.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Durban travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park to Durban with the Route module. In November, daytime highs in Durban are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to East London.

Things to do in Durban

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Side Trips

Pietermaritzburg, Umhlanga Main Beach, Thompson's Bay Beach
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Thompson's Bay Beach ©
Thompson's Bay Beach
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary ©
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary

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East London

East London
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read East London itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Durban to East London with the Route module. Traveling from Durban in November, things will get a bit cooler in East London: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. You will leave for Plettenberg Bay on the 9th (Thu).

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Dutch Reformed Church and Nelson Bay Cave. Take a break from the city and head to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Plettenberg Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma National Park & Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree). It doesn't end there: stroll through Radical Raptors and browse the exhibits of Porcupine Ceramics.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay vacation trip planner.

You can drive from East London to Plettenberg Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Dutch Reformed Church
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
Tsitsikamma National Park ©
Tsitsikamma National Park

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days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore hidden gems such as Clifton Beaches and Twelve Apostles. Robben Island and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

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Robben Island ©
Robben Island
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

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Johannesburg

Get a sense of the local culture at Apartheid Museum and Union Buildings. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Horseback Africa. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Jasmyn Farm Stall (in Hartbeespoort) and President Paul Kruger House (in Pretoria). Enjoy Johannesburg some more: ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, and steep yourself in history at South Western Townships.

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Getting from Cape Town to Johannesburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Nelson Mandela Square, Jasmyn Farm Stall
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

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