13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hermanus
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Graskop
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Brenton on Sea. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Birds of Eden, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and finally stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay online trip itinerary builder .

Mumbai, India to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mumbai to Plettenberg Bay. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in October: highs in Plettenberg Bay hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Knysna
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

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.
Kids will enjoy Bloubergstrand Beach and Chapman's Peak Drive. Take a break from the city and head to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Ostrich Farm. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles, and explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

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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 October, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Graskop.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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night
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels, then explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and then take a memorable drive along Panorama Route. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Lone Creek Falls, look for gifts at Africa Silks, and then make a trip to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Graskop itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Graskop takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and car. In October in Graskop, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Three Roundavels, Lone Creek Falls
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Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Lone Creek Falls ©
Lone Creek Falls

3
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Step off the beaten path and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Visit Elephant Whispers and Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip maker app .

Getting from Graskop to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Hazyview, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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