19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Fly:  31​h
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  34​h
End: Albuquerque

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. Get outdoors at Cape of Good Hope and Clifton Beaches. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek (The Franschhoek Motor Museum & Boschendal Manor & Winery). Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 26th (Tue) with a shark diving experience. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Albuquerque, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 9 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Albuquerque in December; daily highs in Cape Town reach 80°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Relax by the water at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to Betty's Bay to see Stony Point Penguin Colony about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, stop by Funky Vibes, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus vacation trip planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, 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

6
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Elephant Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Featherbed Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Noetzie (in Noetzie) and Knysna (Brenton on Sea, Bollard Bay, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hermanus in December: highs in Plettenberg Bay hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie Beach
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip builder.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

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

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