16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  31​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Swellendam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Adelaide

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Fairview Wine and Cheese. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Clifton Beaches and Bloubergstrand Beach. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Cape Point in Simon's Town, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, stop by Kumanov Cosmetics, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide to Cape Town, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fairview Wine and Cheese, Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotto Beach and OneLove The Fashion Shack. Get in touch with nature at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Voelklip Beach. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Funky Vibes and take in the exciting artwork at LEMBU gallery.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus holiday planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

3
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Hicks Art Galllery, look for gifts at Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts, view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, and finally stop by Bee Things. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Wilderbraam Berry Estate, then stop by Platform 62, then take in the exciting artwork at Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, and finally view the masterpieces at Magpie Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Swellendam itinerary planner.

Drive from Hermanus to Swellendam in 2 hours. August in Swellendam sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Montagu, Barrydale, Platform 62
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Hick's Art Gallery ©
Hick's Art Gallery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, look for gifts at La Chocolaterie Rococo, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Peter Bayly Wines, learn about winemaking at Boplaas Wines, relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then stop by Cali Craft & Gems, and finally look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip builder.

Drive from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Shopping Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Peter Bayly Wines ©
Peter Bayly Wines
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
La Chocolaterie Rococo ©
La Chocolaterie Rococo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Birds of Eden and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. On the next day, look for gifts at Global Village, identify plant and animal life at Robberg Nature Reserve, and then stop by Harkerville Saturday Village Market.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip builder.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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