18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly + bus:  23​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Hong Kong

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town itinerary maker.

Hong Kong, China to Cape Town is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
The Old Biscuit Mill ©
The Old Biscuit Mill
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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.
Attractions like Robberg Nature Reserve and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna (Pledge Nature Reserve & Knysna Heads) and Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Birds of Eden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Birds of Eden, learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, and steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Suspension Bridge
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Marloth Nature Reserve, stop by Chocolat Etc., take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally stop by Bee Things.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Swellendam vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Swellendam takes 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Swellendam when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in April, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Marloth Nature Reserve ©
Marloth Nature Reserve
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Kids will enjoy Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Two Oceans Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park), Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town) and Cape Point Nature Reserve (in Cape Town Central). Enjoy Cape Town some more: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, do a tasting at Klein Constantia, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town travel planner.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Cape Town takes 2.5 hours. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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