28 days in South Africa Itinerary

28 days in South Africa Itinerary

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28 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Montevideo
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
Rustenburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
8
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  28​h
End: Montevideo

9
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Platteklip Gorge and Kayaking & Canoeing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lynx Wine Estate and Heart of Cape Town Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park) and !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Dorp Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning website .

Montevideo, Uruguay to Cape Town is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Time (UYT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 5 hours. When traveling from Montevideo in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, !Khwa ttu, Chapman's Peak Drive, Lynx Wine Estate, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Radical Raptors, then stroll through Plettenberg Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, view the masterpieces at Porcupine Ceramics, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cape Town, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
St. Christopher Catholic Church ©
St. Christopher Catholic Church

2
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get outside with Siyafunda Conservation and then stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Ukuthula Designs and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Plettenberg Bay in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hoedspruit, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge

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 Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and Bouchard Finlayson Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and Creation. When in Hermanus, make a side trip to see Kleinmond Beach in Kleinmond, approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, do a tasting at Ataraxia Wines, brush up on your military savvy at Soldiers Memorial Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Rotary Way.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus online holiday builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hoedspruit to Hermanus takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Hoedspruit in November, plan for little chillier days in Hermanus, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, Kleinmond Beach, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Phillipskop Mountain Reserve ©
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
Kleinmond Beach ©
Kleinmond Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

2
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Kariega Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the 15th (Fri), kick back and relax at Kariega Beach, then examine the collection at Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dockside Brewery, and finally browse the exhibits of Ron Belling Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through SANCCOB and then stroll through Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Elizabeth road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Port Elizabeth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Port Elizabeth can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Rustenburg.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Kariega Beach
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Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Ron Belling Art Gallery ©
Ron Belling Art Gallery

2
nights
Rustenburg

Rustenburg ©
Situated at the base of the Magaliesberg Mountains, the town of Rustenburg boasts a rich history and heritage as the site of a platinum mining rush, the location of several Boer War battles, and the hometown of Paul Kruger, a famous South African politician.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the galleries of Voorhuis and then play a few rounds at The Palace of the Lost City. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Gary Player Country Club and then take an in-depth tour of Paul Kruger Country House Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rustenburg road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Port Elizabeth to Rustenburg in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Port Elizabeth in November, with highs in Rustenburg at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Rustenburg

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Sun City, Voorhuis
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The Palace of the Lost City ©
The Palace of the Lost City

2
nights
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 19th (Tue), tee off at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, examine the collection at Satyagraha House, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Regina Mundi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Melrose House and then witness the site of a historic battle at African Battlefields - Private Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rustenburg to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rustenburg in November, with highs in Johannesburg at 32°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Pretoria
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Regina Mundi ©
Regina Mundi
Melrose House ©
Melrose House

3
nights
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.
On the 21st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at C.P Nel Museum, get your game on at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities, and then get outside with Waterval Rust en Vrede. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Jude's Anglican Church, then contemplate the long history of Arbeidsgenot, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Johannesburg to Oudtshoorn takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Johannesburg in November: highs in Oudtshoorn hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Parasailing & Paragliding, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
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Parasailing & Paragliding
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church

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