17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Franschhoek
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Wilderness
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h
6
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: London

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 Clifton Beaches. Step off the beaten path and head to Bloubergstrand Beach and Twelve Apostles. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Cape of Good Hope, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park.

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London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in October, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
nights
Franschhoek

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto Beach and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Visiting Fernkloof Nature Reserve and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Step out of Franschhoek to go to Hermanus and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and do a tasting at Topiary Wines.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Franschhoek trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Franschhoek takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Franschhoek, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hermanus, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Brenton on Sea. Get in touch with nature at Featherbed Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay. The adventure continues: stroll through Elephant Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Porcupine Ceramics, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay travel site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Franschhoek to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves and then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass. On your second day here, stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

1
night
Wilderness

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.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wilderness day trip planning website .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Wilderness in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kruger National Park.
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Map of Africa Viewpoint ©
Map of Africa Viewpoint

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nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
On the 15th (Mon), trek along Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site and then stroll through Idube Game Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kruger National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Wilderness to Kruger National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Wilderness in October, with highs in Kruger National Park at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Tshokwane Picnic Site ©
Tshokwane Picnic Site

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