16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Jeffreys Bay
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Johannesburg

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Clifton Beaches and Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon. Explore hidden gems such as Bloubergstrand Beach and Chapman's Peak Drive. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Point (in Simon's Town) and Scarborough Beach (in Scarborough). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Llandudno Beach and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town tour planner.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
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Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 20th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pringle Bay Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Stony Point Penguin Colony. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, and then kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip itinerary builder.

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 January, daytime highs in Hermanus are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pringle Bay Beach, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Pringle Bay  Beach ©
Pringle Bay Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Swartberg Pass and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Mossel Bay (Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex & Santos beach). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and admire all the interesting features of Cango Ostrich and Butterfly farm.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mossel Bay
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Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Robberg Nature Reserve and Noetzie. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea. Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Bollard Bay & Garden Route National Park). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Birds of Eden, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and stop by Harkerville Saturday Village Market.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our 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 January, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie Beach
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Noetzie Beach ©
Noetzie Beach

3
nights
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Relax by the water at Paradise Beach and Sardinia Bay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and The Donkin Reserve.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeffreys Bay trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Jeffreys Bay in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Elizabeth, Seal Point
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach
Seal Point ©
Seal Point

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