15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  16​h
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Mumbai

5
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 Cape Town's surroundings by going to Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Franschhoek (The Franschhoek Motor Museum & Franschhoek Pass). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, stroll through Cape of Good Hope, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and do a tasting at Klein Constantia.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India to Cape Town is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) to Cape Town is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in August, expect Cape Town to be colder, temps between 65°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swartberg Pass and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: Perdepoort Horse Tails (in Wilderness), De Rust (Meiringspoort & Meiringspoort Waterfall) and Cape Palette Art & Picture Framing (in George). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, tour the pleasant surroundings at De Zeekoe Farm, and explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn road trip website

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

De Rust, Perdepoort Horse Tails, Cape Palette Art Gallery
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Brenton on Sea. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Featherbed Nature Reserve (in Knysna). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Porcupine Ceramics, and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay online road trip planner

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 52°F in Plettenberg Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

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