15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Cape St Francis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Port Elizabeth

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, admire all the interesting features of Robben Island Museum, and stop by Made in Muizenberg.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town online itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Cape Town. In August, daytime highs in Cape Town are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

2
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stop by Hemingways of Hermanus.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Hemingways of Hermanus ©
Hemingways of Hermanus

1
night
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
On the 5th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Victoria Bay, stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Redberry Farm, see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Shark Lab.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Mossel Bay trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Mossel Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Mossel Bay sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

George
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Victoria Bay ©
Victoria Bay
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm
Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum

1
night
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 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Arbeidsgenot, Head underground at Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mossel Bay in August since evenings lows in Oudtshoorn dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

2
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church. On your second day here, trek along Terblans Nature Walk and then get outside with Tony Cook Adventures.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Knysna trip planning app .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Knysna. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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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.
On the 10th (Sat), stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): look for gifts at The Potter, stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and finally contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Plettenberg Bay is just a stone's throw from Knysna. In August in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape St Francis.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

2
nights
Cape St Francis

Cape St Francis ©
Cape St. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): tee off at St.Francis Links and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Port St Francis. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Seal Point Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sanccob Eastern Cape - Penguin Rehabilitation Center, and then take in the pleasant sights at Two Habours Walk - St. Francis Bay.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape St Francis online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Cape St Francis in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Cape St Francis

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Saint Francis Bay
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Port St Francis ©
Port St Francis
St.Francis Links ©
St.Francis Links
Two Habours Walk - St. Francis Bay ©

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nights
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Addo Elephant National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Cape St Francis to Addo Elephant National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

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