16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  16​h
1
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Montagu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Wilderness
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Knysna
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Jeffreys Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

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night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at Annandale Wine Estate and then look for all kinds of wild species at Stony Point Penguin Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and then cruise along Franschhoek Pass.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Stellenbosch travel planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Stellenbosch is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in February: high temperatures in Stellenbosch hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Montagu.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

1
night
Montagu

Montagu ©
A gateway to the fertile hills and valleys of the Little Karoo and a stop on historic Route 62, the scenic village of Montagu captivates with its quaint Cape Dutch architecture and mineral hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts and then look for gifts at Platform 62.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Montagu sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Montagu in 2.5 hours. In February in Montagu, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Montagu

Shopping

Side Trip

Platform 62
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Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts ©
Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts

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.
On the 6th (Tue), experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Montagu to Oudtshoorn takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

1
night
Wilderness

On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wilderness itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Wilderness takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Wilderness sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Wilderness

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

3
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Head to Mosaic Outdoor Market and Jandreart Studiofor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Buffalo Bay and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Featherbed Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Metelerkamps, kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Knysna itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wilderness to Knysna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip generator.

Plettenberg Bay is just a stone's throw from Knysna. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

2
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 12th (Mon), hike along Otter Trail and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tsitsikamma National Park vacation builder.

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Tsitsikamma National Park sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

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hours
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jeffreys Bay vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Jeffreys Bay takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Jeffreys Bay are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

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Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll through Addo Elephant National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Addo Elephant National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jeffreys Bay to Addo Elephant National Park in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Addo Elephant National Park are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks
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Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for gifts at AVOOVA, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Greenmarket Square, then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Addo Elephant National Park to Cape Town. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Nature
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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