11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Orlando
Fly:  37​h
Graaff-Reinet
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  32​h
Orlando

2
days
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Owl House, then browse the exhibits of First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Valley of Desolation. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Old Residency, examine the collection at The Reinet House, pause for some serene contemplation at ANGLICAN ST JAMES CHURCH, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, then get a new perspective on nature at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Graaff-Reinet Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet holiday planner.

Orlando, USA to Graaff-Reinet is an approximately 37-hour flight. Traveling from Orlando to Graaff-Reinet, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Get outdoors at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and Elephant Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Knysna (Holy Trinity Church, Featherbed Nature Reserve, & more).

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Getting from Graaff-Reinet to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary

3
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Fairview Wine and Cheese. Escape the urban bustle at Robben Island and Boulders Beach. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, and explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town vacation trip planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cape Town, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Franschhoek Motor Museum, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Robben Island ©
Robben Island
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

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