31 days in Western Cape Itinerary

31 days in Western Cape Itinerary

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31 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  26 h
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Bredasdorp
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Swellendam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Wilderness
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  30 h
End: Auckland

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Robben Island and Boschendal Wine Estate. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Franschhoek Motor Museum and District Six Museum. The adventure continues: stroll through Cape of Good Hope, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner.

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland Central to Cape Town, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland Central in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Franschhoek
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visit Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Phillipskop Mountain Reserve (in Stanford), Kleinmond Beach (in Kleinmond) and Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, stop by Hemingways of Hermanus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and Head underground at Klipgat Caves.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pringle Bay Beach, Klipgat Caves, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Kleinmond Beach, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

3
nights
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and De Hoop Nature Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and The Kapula Gallery. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, don't miss a visit to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B, take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Church, and explore the striking landscape at Seaside Dunes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Bredasdorp road trip planning app .

Drive from Hermanus to Bredasdorp in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Bredasdorp are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Arniston, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail

3
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.
Visiting Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Marloth Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Drostdy Museum and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Swellendam: Robertson (Esona Boutique Wine, Marbrin Olive Growers, & more). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Chocolat Etc. and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Apostolic Church.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Swellendam trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Bredasdorp to Swellendam takes an hour. December in Swellendam sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wilderness.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Robertson, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Marloth Nature Reserve ©
Marloth Nature Reserve

4
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.
Visiting Swartberg Pass and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wilderness Beach and Meiringspoort. Step out of Wilderness with an excursion to The Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Wilderness National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kaaiman's River and take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Wilderness online trip maker .

You can drive from Swellendam to Wilderness in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Swellendam in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Wilderness, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn, Meiringspoort, Cape Palette Art Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bollard Bay and Buffalo Bay. Kids will enjoy Noetzie and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, Jandreart Studio, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay journey maker app .

Traveling by bus from Wilderness to Plettenberg Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie Beach
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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