7 days in South Africa Itinerary

7 days in South Africa Itinerary

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7 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sharm El Sheikh
Fly:  16​h
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Sharm El Sheikh

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Greenmarket Square, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cape Town travel planner.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Cape Town is an approximately 16-hour flight. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May; daily highs in Cape Town reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Old Biscuit Mill ©
The Old Biscuit Mill
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stop by Quirk & Leopard, then look for gifts at The Book Collector, then stop by Funky Vibes, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Outdoors Beaches
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes
The Book Collector ©
The Book Collector

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night
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 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, look for gifts at Metelerkamps, and then kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

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Knysna
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

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