18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7​h 30​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  3​h
5
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Montreal, Quebec

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 some cultural insight at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Table Mountain National Park. Relax by the water at Clifton Beaches and Boulders Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Boschendal Manor & Winery (in Groot Drakenstein). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island, do a tasting at Groot Constantia, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary builder tool

Montreal, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Cape Town is 7 hours. Traveling from Montreal in January, things will get warmer in Cape Town: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

3
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 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Kruger National Park trip itinerary planner

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cape Town in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

iNyoka Art Gallery
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Wolhuter Wilderness Trail ©
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail
iNyoka Art Gallery ©
iNyoka Art Gallery

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 4th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves and then experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at De Krans Wines, then stroll through Meerkat Magic, and then stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

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Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Kruger National Park to Oudtshoorn in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in February, things will get slightly colder in Oudtshoorn: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Meiringspoort Waterfall, De Krans Wines
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De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum

5
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 get in some beach time at Noetzie and Plettenberg Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bollard Bay and Birds of Eden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Holy Trinity Church & Simola Golf) and Tsitsikamma National Park (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's still lots to do: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Porcupine Ceramics, and pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay vacation planner

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie Beach
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Simola Golf ©
Simola Golf

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then learn about winemaking at Sumaridge Wine Estate, and then kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hermanus trip itinerary maker app

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

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