15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
4
Kruger National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
George
— 1 day
bus:  1​h
6
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Visit Boulders Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Clifton Beaches and Twelve Apostles. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to The Franschhoek Motor Museum in Franschhoek--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cape of Good Hope and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cape Town is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Buenos Aires in January, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 4th (Fri), stroll through Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, then stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Klipgat Caves. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Grotto Beach, view the masterpieces at Lembu Gallery & Studio, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus travel route planner .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Klipgat Caves
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Klipgat Caves ©
Klipgat Caves

1
night
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
On the 6th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at King's Beach, stroll through Pollock Beach, and then stroll through Sardinia Bay.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Port Elizabeth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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1
day
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): hike along Lonely Bull Trail and then trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Port Elizabeth to Kruger National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to George.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Lonely Bull Trail ©
Lonely Bull Trail

1
day
George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Zorgfontein Game Farm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach, and then explore the activities along Kaaiman's River.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our George trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to George in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Kruger National Park in January, expect nights in George to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in George

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Wilderness
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Kaaiman's River ©
Kaaiman's River

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.
On the 9th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Meerkat Magic, relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and then Head underground at The Cango Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then admire the sheer force of Meiringspoort Waterfall, and then take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn itinerary planner.

You can drive from George to Oudtshoorn in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

De Rust
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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Noetzie and Plettenberg Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Buffalo Bay and Radical Raptors. It doesn't end there: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Noetzie Beach, Buffalo Bay
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

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