15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Cape Town
— 4 nights


Plettenberg Bay — 3 nights

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 Buffalo Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth), Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Knysna (Knysna Lagoon, Brenton on Sea, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Plettenberg Bay due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Plettenberg Bay: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.
Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors
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Oudtshoorn — 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Outeniqua Transport Museum and Wilgewandel Holiday Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to George (Cape Palette Art Gallery & Redberry Farm) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, Head underground at Cango Caves, and learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.
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Hermanus — 3 nights

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Explore hidden gems such as Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and Hermanus Cliff Path. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to Betty's Bay to see Stony Point Penguin Colony about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Voelklip Beach, kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, look for gifts at Overberg Honey Company, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hermanus online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.
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Cape Town — 4 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore hidden gems such as Franschhoek Motor Museum and Bloubergstrand Beach. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Franschhoek Pass in Franschhoek, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

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. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.