22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  32​h
1
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Auckland

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kids will enjoy Clifton Beaches and Old Biscuit Mill. Step out of the city life by going to Cape of Good Hope and Table Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: The Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Greenmarket Square, and look for gifts at V&A Market on the Wharf.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Town custom trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cape Town is an approximately 32-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Cape Town, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fairview Wine and Cheese, Franschhoek Motor Museum, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto Beach and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. Get outdoors at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Voelklip Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay) and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in Cape Agulhas). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, stop by Hemingways of Hermanus, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hermanus Country Market, and look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip builder.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) 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, Pringle Bay Beach
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jandreart Studio and Plettenvale Wines. Bring the kids along to Brenton on Sea and Birds of Eden. Go for a jaunt from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna to see Metelerkamps about 40 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Robberg Nature Reserve, look for gifts at The Potter, get outside with Knysna Elephant Park, and stroll through Buffalo Bay.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then explore and take pictures at Cango Ostrich and Butterfly farm, and then look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
La Chocolaterie Rococo ©
La Chocolaterie Rococo

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