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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Clifton Beaches and Cape of Good Hope. You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, head off the coast to Robben Island, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip builder.

Newark, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Cape Town is 7 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in February; daily highs in Cape Town reach 80°F and lows reach 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Explore hidden gems such as Grotto Beach and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. You'll get in some beach time at Voelklip Beach and Kwaaiwater. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay) and Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve and learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Visit Brenton on Sea and Noetzie for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Elephant Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Featherbed Nature Reserve & Holy Trinity Church). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie Beach
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

1
day
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.
On the 7th (Wed), experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

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