10 days in South Africa & Livingstone Itinerary

10 days in South Africa & Livingstone Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Hermanus, South Africa
— 1 night
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 night
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Knysna, South Africa
— 1 night
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 1 night
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Livingstone, Zambia
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town online travel planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Cape Town, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Cape Town is much warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Hermanus, South Africa

— 1 night
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, browse the exhibits of Lembu Gallery & Studio, then browse for treasures at The Book Collector, then take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Hermanus trip planner.

Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trip

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

— 1 night

Ostrich Capital of the World

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 6th (Mon): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Head underground at Cango Caves, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Jude's Anglican Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Drive from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Knysna, South Africa

— 1 night
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mitchell's Brewery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Knysna trip builder site.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Knysna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines and then stroll through Birds of Eden.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker tool.

Plettenberg Bay is just a stone's throw from Knysna. In December in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Livingstone.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Livingstone, Zambia

— 1 night
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village, get outside with The Explorer Club, and then relax and rejuvenate at Namakau's Health Spa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Livingstone trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Livingstone takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Livingstone, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

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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.