15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  18​h 30​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Suspension Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Brenton on Sea, Garden Route National Park, & more) and Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay route site .

Sydney, Australia to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Plettenberg Bay is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Plettenberg Bay to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Suspension Bridge, Storms River bridge
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wilderness Beach and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: George (Outeniqua Transport Museum, Cape Palette Art Gallery, & more). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, and stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip planner .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

George, Wilderness Beach, Doornkraal Padstal
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Explore hidden gems such as Hermanus Cliff Path and Stony Point Penguin Colony. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, look for gifts at Overberg Honey Company, and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Hermanus trip maker app .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Hermanus sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stanford, Stony Point Penguin Colony
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Franschhoek Motor Museum and Chapman's Peak Drive. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see Franschhoek Pass in Franschhoek, approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Cape Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

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