10 days in South Africa Itinerary

10 days in South Africa Itinerary

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10 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Stellenbosch
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Wilderness
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Mossel Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Stellenbosch

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.
On the 4th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, and then kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, stroll through Radical Raptors, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay holiday builder website .

Stellenbosch to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. December in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Waterfall Trail
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Waterfall Trail ©
Waterfall Trail
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Knysna road trip app .

Knysna is just a stone's throw from Plettenberg Bay. In December, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Knysna

Outdoors Parks Golf
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
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Simola Golf ©
Simola Golf
Bollard Bay ©
Bollard Bay
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

1
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 8th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perdepoort Horse Tails, and finally hike along Wilderness Segway Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Kaaimans Waterfall and then take some stellar pictures from Dolphin Point Lookout.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wilderness day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Wilderness takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Palette Art Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
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Perdepoort Horse Tails ©
Perdepoort Horse Tails
Cape Palette Art Gallery ©
Cape Palette Art Gallery
Pharoah Art Gallery ©
Pharoah Art Gallery

2
nights
Mossel Bay

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
On the 9th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To plan Mossel Bay vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Wilderness to Mossel Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mossel Bay can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Umkhondo Big Five, Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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Shark Diving
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room ©
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Old Apostolic Church, look for gifts at Die Biltong Boetiek, then view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, and finally tee off at Swellendam Golf Course.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Swellendam trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mossel Bay to Swellendam in 2 hours. December in Swellendam sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Golf Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
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Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Old Apostolic Church ©
Old Apostolic Church
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Klipgat Caves, then stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kleinmond Beach, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Book Collector.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus trip planner .

You can drive from Swellendam to Hermanus in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kleinmond Beach, Klipgat Caves, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Kleinmond Beach ©
Kleinmond Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

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