17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Franschhoek
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Montagu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Cape Town

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nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visiting Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Robben Island and District Six Museum. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, indulge your taste buds at Groot Constantia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town day trip website .

If you are flying in from Angola, the closest major airport is Cape Town International Airport. November in Cape Town sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

1
night
Franschhoek

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
On the 17th (Sat), do a tasting at Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons Tasting Centre and then relax in the rural setting at Boschendal Wine Estate.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Franschhoek itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Franschhoek takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November in Franschhoek, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paarl
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Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Spice Route Destination ©
Spice Route Destination

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Stellenbosch trip website .

Stellenbosch is just a short distance from Franschhoek. In November, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Parks Wildlife
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Thelema Mountain Vineyards ©
Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Remhoogte Wine Estate ©
Remhoogte Wine Estate
Villiera Wines ©
Villiera Wines

1
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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 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hermanus trip builder site .

Getting from Stellenbosch to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

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Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
Take a break from the city and head to Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and De Mond Nature Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and The Kapula Gallery. Explore Cape Agulhas' surroundings by going to Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve (in Arniston) and Bredasdorp (Shipwreck Museum & De Hoop Nature Reserve).

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Agulhas online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Montagu.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Montagu

Montagu ©
A gateway to the fertile hills and valleys of the Little Karoo and a stop on historic Route 62, the scenic village of Montagu captivates with its quaint Cape Dutch architecture and mineral hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church, do a tasting at Marbrin Olive Growers, and then take in the exciting artwork at IBIS Gallery.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Montagu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cape Agulhas to Montagu in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Montagu

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marbrin Olive Growers
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church ©
Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church
IBIS Gallery ©
IBIS Gallery

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Mossel Bay

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Cape St Blaize Lighthouse and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossel Bay trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Montagu to Mossel Bay takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Cape St Blaize Lighthouse ©
Cape St Blaize Lighthouse

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Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Scarab Village, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Knysna online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mossel Bay to Knysna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Wilderness National Park
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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Boplaas, do a tasting at De Krans Wines, then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Jude's Anglican Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then steep yourself in history at Arbeidsgenot, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Meerkat Magic.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Calitzdorp
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
St Jude's Anglican Church ©
St Jude's Anglican Church

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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 28th (Wed): stroll through Plettenberg Beach, stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve, and then steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors, view the masterpieces at Porcupine Ceramics, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Nelson Bay Cave ©
Nelson Bay Cave

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