12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  31​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  33​h
End: Washington DC

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island and District Six Museum. Get outdoors at Table Mountain and Cape Point. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town) and Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary maker.

Washington DC, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cape Town. Traveling from Washington DC in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Cape Town: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Elephant Sanctuary. Take a break from Plettenberg Bay with a short trip to Knysna Lagoon in Knysna, about 34 minutes away.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in November, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags ©
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): Head underground at The Cango Caves, explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and then examine the collection at Calitzdorp Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Calitzdorp Museum
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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