18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Bo-kaap. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Boschendal Manor & Winery and Groote Kerk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Waterford Estate (in Stellenbosch) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, do a tasting at Klein Constantia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Dorp Street, and explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town tour planner.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cape Town, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Strandveld Vineyards and Domaine Des Dieux are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Grotto Beach and Raka Wine. When in Hermanus, make a side trip to see Stanford Hills Estate in Stanford, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, browse the exhibits of LEMBU gallery, and learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Montagu.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wineries Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stanford, Strandveld Vineyards
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Raka Wine ©
Raka Wine

2
nights
Montagu

Montagu ©
A gateway to the fertile hills and valleys of the Little Karoo and a stop on historic Route 62, the scenic village of Montagu captivates with its quaint Cape Dutch architecture and mineral hot springs.
Get a sense of the local culture at Matjiesfontein and Drostdy Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Montagu: Robertson (Marbrin Olive Growers & Esona Boutique Wine). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church, do a tasting at Arabella Wines, and take in the exciting artwork at IBIS Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Montagu trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Hermanus to Montagu by car takes about 2 hours. July in Montagu sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Calitzdorp.

Things to do in Montagu

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Robertson, Swellendam, Arabella Wines, Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Esona Boutique Wine Estate ©
Esona Boutique Wine Estate

2
nights
Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp ©
On the 13th (Fri), do a tasting at Boplaas, then do a tasting at Calitzdorp Cellar, then do a tasting at De Krans Wines, and finally view the masterpieces at Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Calitzdorp itinerary planner.

You can drive from Montagu to Calitzdorp in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Calitzdorp

Wineries Museums Shopping
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De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Calitzdorp Cellar ©
Calitzdorp Cellar

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.
Attractions like Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and Buffalo Bay make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and Knysna (Holy Trinity Church, Jandreart Studio, & more). There's much more to do: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church, and learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Calitzdorp to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Wilderness Beach
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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