9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa Trip Planner

You are viewing a shared plan.  Customize plan

Route & dates

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Milan
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Hermanus
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Milan

2
days
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 18th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach and then stroll through Scarborough Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Llandudno Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Chapman's Peak Drive, and then kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town travel itinerary creator.

Milan, Italy to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Milan in December; daily highs in Cape Town reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in Cape Town.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

3
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Sanctuary and Noetzie. Bring the kids along to Featherbed Nature Reserve and Knysna Elephant Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: highs in Plettenberg Bay hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in Plettenberg Bay.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

2
days
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 23rd (Sat): stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hermanus trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in Hermanus.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Fernkloof Nature Reserve ©
Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

Similar Plans

11 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in South Africa & Ezulwini BY A USER FROM UKRAINE December, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM INDIA February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Italy, Belgium & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM IRELAND November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM INDIA October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA October, teens, outdoors, beaches, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, outdoors, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans