25 days in South Africa Itinerary

25 days in South Africa Itinerary

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25 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  25​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
bus:  45​min
2
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Swellendam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Brussels

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Clifton Beaches and Bloubergstrand Beach. Get some historical perspective at Castle of Good Hope and Iziko Slave Lodge. Change things up with a short trip to !Khwa ttu in Yzerfontein (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, do a tasting at Groot Constantia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Groote Kerk, and get engrossed in the history at Chavonnes Battery Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town custom trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Cape Town is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Cape Town. In December, Cape Town is warmer than Brussels - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

!Khwa ttu
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
!Khwa ttu ©
!Khwa ttu
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

2
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Vergenoegd Wine Estate, then learn about winemaking at Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dutch Reform Church.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Stellenbosch vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nederburg Wines
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Rupert Museum ©
Rupert Museum
Nederburg Wines ©
Nederburg Wines
Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards ©
Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Let the collections at LEMBU gallery and SANSA Space Science capture your imagination. Domaine Des Dieux and Bouchard Finlayson Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai) and Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Honingklip Brewery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hermanus Country Market, and tee off at Hermanus Golfclub.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Stellenbosch to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Golf

Side Trips

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant
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Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate
Hermanus Golf Club ©
Hermanus Golf Club

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): relax in the rural setting at De Wetshof Estate, then relax in the rural setting at Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm, then take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to NG Kerk. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Montagu Nature Garden and then view the masterpieces at Hicks Art Galllery.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Swellendam trip generator.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Swellendam takes 2 hours. December in Swellendam sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Robertson, Montagu
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Montagu Nature Garden ©
Montagu Nature Garden
De Wetshof Estate ©
De Wetshof Estate
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

3
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.
Visiting Meiringspoort Waterfall and Meiringspoort will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Calitzdorp Museum and C.P Nel Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Calitzdorp (Boplaas & De Krans Wines) and Dutch Reformed Mother Church (in George). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Karusa Vineyards.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, De Rust, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Radical Raptors. Jandreart Studio and Porcupine Ceramics will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Holy Trinity Church & Bollard Bay). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plettenberg Beach, and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay itinerary builder.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

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nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, and then examine the collection at Graaff-Reinet Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Valley of Desolation, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ANGLICAN ST JAMES CHURCH, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet trip builder.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Graaff-Reinet in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©

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