9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  32​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Saint Francis Bay
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  34​h
End: New York City

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Clifton Beaches and Bloubergstrand Beach. The Franschhoek Motor Museum and District Six Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Fairview Wine and Cheese in Suider Paarl--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill, take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles, steep yourself in history at Iziko Koopmans-De Wet House, and learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia.

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

New York City, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Cape Town at 63°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fairview Wine and Cheese, Franschhoek Motor Museum
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The Old Biscuit Mill ©
The Old Biscuit Mill
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

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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 10th (Mon): pick up some local products at Harkerville Saturday Village Market, then view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, then learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, and finally contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cape Town in July since evenings lows in Plettenberg Bay dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Francis Bay.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Knysna
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Saint Francis Bay

Saint Francis Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Seal Point and then visit a coastal fixture at Seal Point Lighthouse.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saint Francis Bay trip generator.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Saint Francis Bay in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Francis Bay

Historic Sites Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Seal Point Lighthouse
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Seal Point ©
Seal Point
Seal Point Lighthouse ©
Seal Point Lighthouse
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