5 days in South Africa Itinerary

5 days in South Africa Itinerary

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5 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Attractions like Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Chapman's Peak Drive make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Robben Island Museum and Eikehof. Change things up with a short trip to Franschhoek Motor Museum in Franschhoek (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip planning website .

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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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 16th (Mon): stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and finally explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Brenton on Sea and then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

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