16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Dusseldorf

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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 10th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sardinia Bay.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Port Elizabeth travel itinerary planner

Dusseldorf, Germany to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dusseldorf in January, expect Port Elizabeth to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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2
nights
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Addo Elephant National Park vacation planner

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park in 1.5 hours. In January in Addo Elephant National Park, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll set off for Hermanus on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Peter's Anglican Church, Shamrock Chapel
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Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get in touch with nature at Klein River Cheese and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at LEMBU gallery and Sumaridge Wine Estate. Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: Shipwreck Museum (in Bredasdorp) and Arniston (Kassiesbaai & Waenhuiskrans Caves). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, stop by The Book Collector, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to Hoy's Koppie.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus day trip planning tool

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Addo Elephant National Park to Hermanus in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Arniston, Klein River Cheese, Shipwreck Museum, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Klein River Cheese ©
Klein River Cheese
Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate

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.
Holy Trinity Church and Nelson Bay Cave will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jandreart Studio and Plettenvale Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (The Waterfront Knysna Quays, Simola Golf, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay itinerary maker site

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Knysna
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Simola Golf ©
Simola Golf

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stop by Cali Craft & Gems, then learn about winemaking at Boplaas, then learn about winemaking at De Krans Wines, and finally browse the exhibits of Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café. On your second day here, stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Meerkat Magic.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Calitzdorp
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Cali Craft & Gems ©
Cali Craft & Gems
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Lugro Ostrich Leather Products ©
Lugro Ostrich Leather Products

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Boschendal Manor & Winery and Groot Constantia. Explore hidden gems such as Clifton Beaches and Bloubergstrand Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), The Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek) and Eagle Encounters South Africa (in Stellenbosch). There's more to do: hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill and explore the activities along Noordhoek Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip planner

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Eagle Encounters, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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