16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Graskop
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hoedspruit
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: London

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Point and Old Biscuit Mill. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, examine the collection at District Six Museum, kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cape Town vacation builder.

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and then do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Hoy's Koppie, then look for gifts at The Book Collector, then stop by Funky Vibes, and finally stroll through Grotto Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Graskop.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Hoy's Koppie ©
Hoy's Koppie

2
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
On the 7th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wonder View, explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and then don't miss a visit to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Graskop holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Graskop in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, God's Window
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Wonder View ©
Wonder View

1
night
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
On the 9th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Graskop to Hoedspruit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks
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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 10th (Thu): experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn vacation planner.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife Outdoors Scenic Drive

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
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Birds of Eden and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Step out of Plettenberg Bay to go to Knysna and see Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Garden Route National Park
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

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