18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h
5
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Robben Island and Maclear's Beacon. Step out of the city life by going to Cape of Good Hope and West Coast National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: The Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek) and Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stroll through Clifton Beaches, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cape Town. When traveling from London in November, plan for much warmer days in Cape Town, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franschhoek, West Coast National Park
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grotto Beach and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Get in touch with nature at Fernkloof Nature Reserve and Voelklip Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Dieux.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hermanus trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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 Featherbed Nature Reserve and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Sanctuary and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. The adventure continues: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, indulge your taste buds at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Hermanus, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags ©
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags

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 13th (Tue): look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and then explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Swartberg Pass, then Head underground at The Cango Caves, and then experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at iSimangaliso Wetland Park, then examine the collection at Tunga Needlework Studio, then stop by Ilala Weavers, and finally savor the flavors at Zamimpilo Community Market. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Heritage Tours & Safaris.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St Lucia road trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Oudtshoorn to St Lucia takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hluhluwe, Zamimpilo Community Market, Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

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