10 days in South Africa Itinerary

10 days in South Africa Itinerary

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10 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + foot + Fly:  31​h
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  33​h
End: Washington DC

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.
On the 21st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, and then wander the streets of Bo-kaap. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Robben Island.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary maker.

Washington DC, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in January, things will get much hotter in Cape Town: highs are around 81°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

3
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.
Relax by the water at Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea. Get in touch with nature at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Take a break from Plettenberg Bay with a short trip to Noetzie in Noetzie, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip generator.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie Beach
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Head underground at The Cango Caves, and then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Boplaas, then do a tasting at De Krans Wines, then experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and finally explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn itinerary maker.

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Calitzdorp
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De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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