9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Robben Island and then take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, then do a tasting at Groot Constantia, and then kick back and relax at Boulders Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cape Town is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get much colder in Cape Town: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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The Old Biscuit Mill ©
The Old Biscuit Mill
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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.
On the 1st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the fresh offerings at Harkerville Saturday Village Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, then take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Knysna
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

2
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for gifts at Bee Things, take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, then explore the galleries of Magpie Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Die Biltong Boetiek. On the next day, stop by Platform 62, take in the exciting artwork at Hicks Art Galllery, stop by Art Africa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church, and finally take in the exciting artwork at IBIS Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Swellendam trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Swellendam takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Swellendam, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montagu, Barrydale, Platform 62
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Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

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