17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  34​h
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cape Agulhas
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: San Francisco

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Birds of Eden. Step out of the city life by going to Robberg Nature Reserve and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Brenton on Sea, Garden Route National Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and identify plant and animal life at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay travel itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Plettenberg Bay due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Plettenberg Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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 20th (Thu), experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort Pass, explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, then do a tasting at Boplaas Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at De Krans Wines.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn itinerary builder.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Meiringspoort
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

few
hours
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
On the 22nd (Sat), make a trip to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Cape Agulhas vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas in 4 hours. April in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Raka Wine and Domaine Des Dieux are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve), Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay) and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater and identify plant and animal life at Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus in 2 hours. In April in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Raka Wine, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Pringle Bay Beach
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

3
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 outdoors at Boulders Beach and Table Mountain. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Franschhoek Motor Museum and District Six Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park), Cape Point (in Simon's Town) and Topiary Wines (in Franschhoek). The adventure continues: stroll through Clifton Beaches, learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and step into the grandiose world of Castle of Good Hope.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Town vacation planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Cape Town sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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