13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  3​h
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Milan

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Clifton Beaches and Bloubergstrand Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Point and Camp's Bay Beach. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Fairview Wine and Cheese in Suider Paarl--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, examine the collection at District Six Museum, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town vacation builder.

Milan, Italy to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Milan in May, with highs in Cape Town at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

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.
Get in touch with nature at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Brenton on Sea. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 15th (Mon), kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at LEMBU gallery. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Raka Wine, do a tasting at Ataraxia Wines, then learn about winemaking at Bouchard Finlayson Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hermanus travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in May, plan for little chillier nights in Hermanus, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Raka Wine
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Raka Wine ©
Raka Wine

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, then don't miss a visit to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Caves and then take in the dramatic natural features at Seaside Dunes.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Agulhas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas by car takes about 2 hours. May in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arniston
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Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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