20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Faro
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Faro

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.
Visit Bloubergstrand Beach and Boulders Beach for some beach relaxation. The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Boschendal Manor & Winery in Groot Drakenstein, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, admire all the interesting features of Cape of Good Hope, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and stop by Shimansky Jewellers.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town vacation app

Faro, Portugal to Cape Town is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Faro to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Faro in January; daily highs in Cape Town reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Brenton on Sea and Noetzie. Escape the urban bustle at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Elephant Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Featherbed Nature Reserve, Buffalo Bay, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay online holiday maker

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

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

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Swartberg Pass and Wilderness Beach. For shopping fun, head to Peter Bayly Wines or La Chocolaterie Rococo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: George (Outeniqua Transport Museum & The Fudgemaster) and Calitzdorp (Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café & Boplaas). There's lots more to do: stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, and experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip builder tool

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, George, La Chocolaterie Rococo, Wilderness Beach
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Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Art Gallery, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Montagu Village Market, and finally take in the exciting artwork at IBIS Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): look for gifts at Bee Things, browse for treasures at Newly Defined & African Pickers, then stop by Inkaroo Jewellery, then look for gifts at Barrydale Hand Weavers, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Magpie Gallery.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Swellendam travel itinerary planner

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Barrydale, Montagu, Newly Defined & African Pickers
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Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Bontebok National Park ©
Bontebok National Park
Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get some cultural insight at LEMBU gallery and Domaine Des Dieux. Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto Beach and Klein River Cheese. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, stroll through Kwaaiwater, and stop by The Book Collector.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hermanus day trip planning site

Getting from Swellendam to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Stanford
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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