21 days in Western Cape Itinerary

21 days in Western Cape Itinerary

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21 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Wilderness
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Beaufort West
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Town
— 6 nights
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Scarab Village and C.P Nel Museum. For shopping fun, head to Cape Palette Art Gallery or Pharoah Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Wilderness: The Cango Caves (in Oudtshoorn), Shark Diving (in Mossel Bay) and Knysna (Buffalo Bay & Brenton on Sea). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort, see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum, stroll through Wilderness Beach, and do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Wilderness online visit planner .

Johannesburg to Wilderness is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Wilderness are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, De Rust, Oudtshoorn, George, Shark Diving
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plettenberg Beach and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Radical Raptors and Knysna Lagoon. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park & The Waterfront Knysna Quays). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, play a few rounds at Simola Golf, learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay online trip builder .

Getting from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Plettenberg Bay when traveling from Wilderness in June, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Beaufort West.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

1
night
Beaufort West

Beaufort West ©
Beaufort West is a town in the Western Cape province in South Africa. On the 22nd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Karoo National Park.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Beaufort West trip planner .

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Beaufort West in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Beaufort West

Nature Parks
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Karoo National Park ©
Karoo National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, then trek along De Hoop Nature Reserve, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Apostolic Church. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Magpie Gallery, view the masterpieces at IBIS Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Hick's Art Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Swellendam online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Beaufort West to Swellendam takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Museums Shopping Trails

Side Trips

Montagu, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Magpie Gallery, Marbrin Olive Growers
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De Hoop Nature Reserve ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. You'll get in some beach time at Voelklip Beach and Grotto Beach. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Shipwreck Museum (in Bredasdorp) and Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Caves, and browse for treasures at The Book Collector.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus attractions planner.

Getting from Swellendam to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Shipwreck Museum, Waenhuiskrans Caves, Franschhoek Pass
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Platteklip Gorge and First South African Perfume Museum. Robben Island Museum and Irma Stern Museum will appeal to history buffs. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see !Khwa ttu in Yzerfontein, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach, and stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, !Khwa ttu, First South African Perfume Museum
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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