9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Wilderness
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Betty's Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Addo Elephant National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Shamrock Chapel, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Anglican Church.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park trip planner

Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. January in Addo Elephant National Park sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wilderness.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shamrock Chapel, St. Peter's Anglican Church
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Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre
Shamrock Chapel ©
Shamrock Chapel

1
night
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
On the 12th (Fri), don't miss a visit to St Mark's Cathedral, George, see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, and finally view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wilderness driving holiday planner

Getting from Addo Elephant National Park to Wilderness by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Wilderness, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

George
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Outeniqua Transport Museum ©
Outeniqua Transport Museum
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church
St Mark's Cathedral ©
St Mark's Cathedral

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Robberg Nature Reserve and Knysna Heads. You'll get in some beach time at Bollard Bay and Plettenberg Beach. Take a break from Plettenberg Bay with a short trip to Jandreart Studio in Knysna, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Birds of Eden and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip builder website

Drive from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Betty's Bay.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

1
night
Betty's Bay

Betty's Bay ©
Betty's Bay is a small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa's Western Cape province. On the 16th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Betty's Bay trip planner

The Route module can help you plan travel from Plettenberg Bay to Betty's Bay. In January, daytime highs in Betty's Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Betty's Bay

Parks Wildlife
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): kick back and relax at Camp's Bay Beach and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Groot Constantia and then relax in the rural setting at Boschendal Manor & Winery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Stellenbosch travel itinerary planner

Getting from Betty's Bay to Stellenbosch by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Cape Town, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Camp's Bay Beach ©
Camp's Bay Beach
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

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