17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Guayaquil
Fly:  31​h
1
Cape Town
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Guayaquil

8
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visit Robben Island and Groote Kerk for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach and Table Mountain National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, hike along Platteklip Gorge, explore the activities along Noordhoek Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town journey app .

Guayaquil, Ecuador to Cape Town is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Guayaquil to Cape Town. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Guayaquil in March, with highs in Cape Town at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Birds of Eden and Bollard Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Jandreart Studio & Brenton on Sea) and Tsitsikamma National Park (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay tour planning app .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. March in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

2
nights
Johannesburg

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Constitution Hill and Mandela House will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and The Cradle of Humankind. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of Africa.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

The Cradle of Humankind
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Safaris
Mandela House ©
Mandela House
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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