21 days in Western Cape & Eastern Cape Itinerary

21 days in Western Cape & Eastern Cape Itinerary

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21 days in Western Cape & Eastern Cape Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Franschhoek
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Addo Elephant National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: London

5
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 list of things to see and do now includes Cape Town Free Walking Tours, Chapman's Peak Drive, Hout Bay, and other attractions. Escape the urban bustle at Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island. For shopping fun, head to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront or Shimansky Jewellers. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, do a tasting at Groot Constantia, and stroll through Camp's Bay Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town itinerary planning website .

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Cape Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Cape Town reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to 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
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

2
nights
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.
Franschhoek Pass has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Franschhoek Pass. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Jan Marais Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Franschhoek trip planner .

You can drive from Cape Town to Franschhoek in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January in Franschhoek, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Stellenbosch
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Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve ©
Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass
Dorp Street ©
Dorp Street

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Betty's Bay Main Beach as well as Hermanus Country Market. On the 31st (Thu), hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market and then enjoy the sand and surf at Betty's Bay Main Beach.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus road trip planner.

You can drive from Franschhoek to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Betty's Bay Main Beach
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Betty's Bay Main Beach ©
Betty's Bay Main Beach
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate

1
night
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.
To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Swellendam road trip planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Swellendam by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip planning app .

Getting from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

2
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree and then stroll through Tsitsikamma National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Otter Trail.

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You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Tsitsikamma National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tsitsikamma National Park are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bollard Bay and Buffalo Bay. Visiting Robberg Nature Reserve and Brenton on Sea will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park (in Knysna) and Mosaic Outdoor Market (in Sedgefield). The adventure continues: stroll through Birds of Eden.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner.

Drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Plettenberg Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©

3
nights
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll through Addo Elephant National Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kariega Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shamrock Chapel, then look for gifts at Daniell Cheetah Project, and then stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Addo Elephant National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Addo Elephant National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Addo Elephant National Park are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sundays River Valley, Kariega Beach
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Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Daniell Cheetah Project ©
Daniell Cheetah Project

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