15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa attractions planner

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Mossel Bay
— 1 day
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Franschhoek
— 1 night
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Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
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Paarl
— 1 night
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Rawsonville
— 1 night
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Tulbagh
— 1 night
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
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Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
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Knysna
— 1 night
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Mossel Bay

— 1 day

Bay of Attraction

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
On the 1st (Wed), hike along St. Blaize Trail and then kick back and relax at Santos Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mossel Bay online itinerary maker.

George to Mossel Bay is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Franschhoek

— 1 night

Food and Wine Capital of South Africa

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, do a tasting at Eikehof, do a tasting at Stony Brook Vineyards, then examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, and finally admire all the interesting features of Franschhoek Pass.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Franschhoek trip planner.

You can fly from Mossel Bay to Franschhoek in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wineries · Museums

Stellenbosch

— 2 nights

City of Oaks

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 3rd (Fri), take an in-depth tour of The Stellenbosch Village Museum, then explore the world behind art at Dyman Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Dorp Street. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Rupert Museum and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Stellenbosch trip itinerary maker.

Stellenbosch is very close to Franschhoek. In April, daytime highs in Stellenbosch are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Paarl.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Paarl

— 1 night

Pearl of the Winelands

The town of Paarl remains best known for its landscape, dominated by a gargantuan granite outcrop--it's also notable as the birthplace of the Afrikaans language.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): do a tasting at Spice Route Destination, learn about winemaking at Fairview Wine and Cheese, and then stroll through Ashia.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paarl trip planner.

Paarl is very close to Stellenbosch. In April in Paarl, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Rawsonville.

Things to do in Paarl

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife

Rawsonville

— 1 night
Rawsonville is a small wine growing and farming community in the Breede River Valley of the Western Cape province of South Africa. On the 6th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Merwida Wine Cellar, then do a tasting at Du Toitskloof Wines, and then learn about winemaking at Badsberg Winery.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rawsonville trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Paarl to Rawsonville by car takes about an hour. In April, daytime highs in Rawsonville are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tulbagh.

Things to do in Rawsonville

Wineries

Tulbagh

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stop by Oakhurst Olives.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tulbagh trip site.

You can drive from Rawsonville to Tulbagh in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Tulbagh can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Tulbagh

Shopping
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Cape Town

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, examine the collection at District Six Museum, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cape Town, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tulbagh to Cape Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Port Elizabeth

— 1 night

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
On the 12th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at King's Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth route planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
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Plettenberg Bay

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, then stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, then steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave, and finally stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church, stroll through Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally make a splash at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park.

To plan Plettenberg Bay vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Knysna

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of St George's Anglican Church, stroll through Drupkelders Hiking Trail, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Knysna online trip itinerary planner.

Knysna is just a stone's throw from Plettenberg Bay. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.