11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
4
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Brenton on Sea. Venture out of the city with trips to Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth) and Garden Route National Park (in Knysna). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, tee off at Simola Golf, snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, and stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay road trip app .

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Knysna, Suspension Bridge, Storms River bridge
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

4
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Franschhoek Motor Museum and Twelve Apostles. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Franschhoek Pass in Franschhoek--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 16th (Mon), go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hermanus are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

2
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Amarula Lapa, then sample the fine beverages at Qualito Craft Distillery, and then identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hoedspruit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Hermanus in December, you will find days in Hoedspruit are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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