12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Phoenix
Fly:  27​h
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Fly:  34​h
Phoenix

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Clifton Beaches and Cape Point Ostrich Farm. Get some cultural insight at Table Mountain National Park and Robben Island. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stroll through Cape of Good Hope, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner

Phoenix, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Phoenix to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Phoenix in January, with highs in Cape Town at 81°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Sanctuary and Brenton on Sea. Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Holy Trinity Church & Bollard Bay). The adventure continues: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay online travel planner

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

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Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

2
days
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 10th (Wed): stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and then stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn travel route planning site

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

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