10 days in South Africa Itinerary

10 days in South Africa Itinerary

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10 days in South Africa Itinerary

Madrid
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
Madrid

3
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Featherbed Nature Reserve and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Get outdoors at Elephant Sanctuary and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. When in Plettenberg Bay, make a side trip to see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Tsitsikamma National Park, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon and stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary.

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Madrid, Spain to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

3
days
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Explore hidden gems such as Grotto Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get outdoors at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve and enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Hermanus are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Fernkloof Nature Reserve ©
Fernkloof Nature Reserve

2
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You've now added African Budget Safari to your itinerary. On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Fish Hoek Beach, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and finally stroll through Clifton Beaches. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet some fierce fish with African Budget Safari, then learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, and then kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach.

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Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Cape Town are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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Chapman's Peak Drive
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

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