16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  21​h 30​min
1
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Swartberg Pass and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: George (Safaris & St Mark's Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, Head underground at The Cango Caves, and stop by Cali Craft & Gems.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn itinerary builder.

London, UK to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Oudtshoorn. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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Side Trip

St Mark's Cathedral
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna (Featherbed Nature Reserve & Knysna Lagoon) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, Storms River Suspension Bridge, & more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and stop by The Village Bookshop.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

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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 Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Betty's Bay (Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens & Stony Point Penguin Colony), African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai) and Cape Agulhas (Cape Agulhas Lighthouse & Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, stop by Funky Vibes, do a tasting at Stanford Hills Estate, and kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hermanus trip builder.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Stanford, Betty's Bay, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Clifton Beaches and The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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