12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Tel Aviv

6
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 outdoors at Robben Island and Clifton Beaches. For shopping fun, head to Greenmarket Square or Prins & Prins. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Noordhoek Farm Village (in Noordhoek), Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park) and Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill, and look for gifts at Uwe Koetter.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cape Town is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cape Town, with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Nature
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stop by Harkerville Saturday Village Market, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Birds of Eden and then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay itinerary planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna Heads
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

3
nights
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.
Do your shopping at The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market and Sandton City. Popular historic sites such as Constitution Hill and Union Buildings are in your itinerary. When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Lion and Safari Park in Broederstroom, approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, look for gifts at Sandton City Shopping Centre, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Mall of Rosebank.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Johannesburg vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in April, with lows around 13°C. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lion and Safari Park, Union Buildings, Sandton City Shopping Centre, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market
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Sandton City Shopping Centre ©
Sandton City Shopping Centre
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Lion and Safari Park ©
Lion and Safari Park

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