12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Houston

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 4th (Sun), kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, stop by Hemingways of Hermanus, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. On the next day, stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, and then go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path.

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Houston, USA to Hermanus is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Houston in August; daily highs in Hermanus reach 65°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors, and then learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, and finally stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay travel route builder website .

You can drive from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

5
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 South African Jewish Museum and District Six Museum. Get in touch with nature at Platteklip Gorge and Twelve Apostles. There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head, and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach.

Before you visit Cape Town, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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