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
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
End: George

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at District Six Museum and The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. Get in touch with nature at Platteklip Gorge and Chapman's Peak Drive. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Cape Town. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then steep yourself in history at Union Buildings, and then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History and then see the interesting displays at Liliesleaf Farm & Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Liliesleaf
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

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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 out of the city life by going to Plettenberg Beach and Knysna Lagoon. Explore hidden gems such as Radical Raptors and Storms River Suspension Bridge. Step out of Plettenberg Bay to go to Knysna and see Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, play a few rounds at Simola Golf, and do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip tool .

Getting from Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Plettenberg Bay, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Suspension Bridge
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then Head underground at The Cango Caves, and finally look for gifts at Bella-Mia Pottery. On your second day here, experience rural life at Redberry Farm, then examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Oudtshoorn when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

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Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cape Palette Art Gallery ©
Cape Palette Art Gallery

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