12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  17​h 45​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: New Delhi

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, then view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, and then stroll through Brenton on Sea.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay itinerary maker.

New Delhi, India to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Plettenberg Bay is minus 3 hours. When traveling from New Delhi in October, plan for much colder days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 24°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 25th (Wed), browse for treasures at Newly Defined & African Pickers and then explore the galleries of Kunstehuijs Art Gallery. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, view the masterpieces at Magpie Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, and finally view the masterpieces at Hicks Art Galllery.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Swellendam vacation planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Swellendam by car takes about 3.5 hours. October in Swellendam sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Barrydale, Newly Defined & African Pickers, Hick's Art Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visit Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Kwaaiwater. There's still lots to do: stroll through Fernkloof Nature Reserve and look for gifts at The Book Collector.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Hermanus takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hermanus are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Robben Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Boulders Beach and Cape of Good Hope. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill, look for gifts at Shimansky Jewellers, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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