13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  31​h
1
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Newark

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and then cruise along Swartberg Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then steep yourself in history at Arbeidsgenot, and finally relax in the rural setting at Cango Ostrich Show Farm.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn tour planner.

Newark, USA to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Oudtshoorn. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Brenton on Sea & Garden Route National Park) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Storms River Suspension Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and take some stellar pictures from Margaret's Viewpoint.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay holiday planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in April, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grotto Beach and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Voelklip Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hermanus travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Clifton Beaches and Twelve Apostles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park) and Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Company's Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cape Town custom trip planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Cape Town are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Wildlife
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

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