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 Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town vacation builder.

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cape Town is 2 hours. 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Company's Gardens ©
Company's Gardens
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and then learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Dieux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Hoy's Koppie, stop by The Book Collector, then look for gifts at Funky Vibes, and finally kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows 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 Parks Beaches
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wonder View, then explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and then don't miss a visit to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Graskop travel planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Graskop in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit travel planner.

Traveling by car from Graskop to Hoedspruit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to 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.
On the 10th (Thu), relax in the rural setting 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, look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife Parks 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 Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Go for a jaunt from Plettenberg Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park to see Adrenaline & Extreme Tours about 30 minutes away. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow 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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