11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Franschhoek
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Montagu
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Port Elizabeth

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cape Town Free Walking Tours as well as Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Explore hidden gems such as Chapman's Peak Drive and Twelve Apostles. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town vacation builder.

If you are flying in from Isle Of Man, the closest major airport is Cape Town International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Tours
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Town Free Walking Tours ©
Cape Town Free Walking Tours

2
nights
Franschhoek

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Franschhoek Wine Tram has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Fri), take a memorable drive along Franschhoek Pass and then look for all kinds of wild species at Greyton Nature Reserve. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a ride on Franschhoek Wine Tram, then do a tasting at La Motte Wine Estate, and then indulge your taste buds at Eikehof.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Franschhoek itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Franschhoek takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Montagu.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Greyton Nature Reserve
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Franschhoek Wine Tram ©
Franschhoek Wine Tram
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass
La Motte Wine Estate ©
La Motte Wine Estate

few
hours
Montagu

Montagu
A gateway to the fertile hills and valleys of the Little Karoo and a stop on historic Route 62, the scenic village of Montagu captivates with its quaint Cape Dutch architecture and mineral hot springs.
For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Montagu travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Franschhoek to Montagu in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You'll set off for Oudtshoorn on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Montagu

Tours Outdoors Wineries
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2
nights
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 8th (Sun): get your game on at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then Head underground at The Cango Caves.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Montagu to Oudtshoorn takes 3 hours. On the 10th (Tue), you're off toPlettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Meiringspoort
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Robberg Nature Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park & Knysna Heads). It doesn't end there: stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and identify plant and animal life at Birds of Eden.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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