9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Philadelphia
train + Fly:  22​h 45​min
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Hermanus
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
Philadelphia

1
day
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 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Noordhoek Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cape Town online sightseeing planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Philadelphia to Cape Town, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in January, with highs in Cape Town at 81°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fairview Wine and Cheese, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): learn about winemaking at De Krans Wines and then learn about winemaking at Boplaas. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, do a tasting at Karusa Vineyards, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Meerkat Magic, and finally take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cape Town in January, expect nights in Oudtshoorn to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Calitzdorp
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De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Boplaas ©
Boplaas
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

1
day
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): kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach and then stroll through Radical Raptors.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors

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day
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 19th (Fri), stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, view the masterpieces at LEMBU gallery, then do a tasting at Sumaridge Wine Estate, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Hermanus trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Klein River Cheese
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Scuba & Snorkeling
African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary ©
Klein River Cheese ©
Klein River Cheese

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