17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
St Lucia
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
2
Graskop
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  3​h
6
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

1
night
St Lucia

St Lucia ©
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then identify plant and animal life at iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our St Lucia online itinerary creator.

Edinburgh, UK to St Lucia is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Graskop.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Nature
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

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 22nd (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Bourkes' Luck Potholes and then don't miss a visit to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Graskop vacation builder.

Getting from St Lucia to Graskop by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

God's Window, Elephant Whispers, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
God's Window ©
God's Window

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 24th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then identify plant and animal life at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit tour planner.

Getting from Graskop to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip generator.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hoedspruit to Oudtshoorn takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

La Chocolaterie Rococo
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Storms River Suspension Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park (in Knysna) and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Tsitsikamma National Park). Next up on the itinerary: browse the fresh offerings at Harkerville Saturday Village Market and identify plant and animal life at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Garden Route National Park, Suspension Bridge
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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotto Beach and Stony Point Penguin Colony. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux, look for gifts at The Book Collector, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Hermanus trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Hermanus sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Cape Town

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Point and District Six Museum. Step out of Cape Town to go to Stellenbosch and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches and take in nature's colorful creations at Company's Gardens.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Cape Town sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Company's Gardens ©
Company's Gardens
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

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