13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Berlin

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step off the beaten path and head to Franschhoek Motor Museum and Chapman's Peak Drive. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Beau Constantia and Steenberg Vineyards. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see Eikehof in Franschhoek, approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get active on the water at Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Buitenverwachting, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Cape Town is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Berlin to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

2
nights
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 11th (Sat): do a tasting at Ataraxia Wines, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony, and then kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path and then stroll through Voelklip Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
On the 13th (Mon), enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas trip builder tool .

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea and then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Plettenberg Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

3
nights
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Hector Pieterson Museum and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Nelson Mandela Foundation, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then examine the collection at SAB World of Beer.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in January: highs in Johannesburg hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Hector Pieterson Museum ©
Hector Pieterson Museum
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
SAB World of Beer ©
SAB World of Beer

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