18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
5
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

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Johannesburg

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.
To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg online trip builder

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Johannesburg is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Riyadh in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Johannesburg. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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 Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Radical Raptors. We've included these beaches for you: Wilderness Beach and Plettenberg Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Wilderness National Park (in Wilderness), Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George) and Otter Trail (in Tsitsikamma National Park).

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip planning tool

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, you will find days in Plettenberg Bay are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness, Outeniqua Transport Museum, Otter Trail
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visiting Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and Voelklip Beach. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai) and Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, do a tasting at Sumaridge Wine Estate, and view the masterpieces at LEMBU gallery.

Before you visit Hermanus, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In November in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

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Cape Town

Cape Town
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Clifton Beaches and Table Mountain National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Robben Island. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip planning site

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, West Coast National Park
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): try your luck at Emperors Palace, The Palace Of Dreams. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Union Buildings.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Johannesburg travel itinerary planner

Getting from Cape Town to Johannesburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Emperors Palace
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Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

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