15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+4
train + bus + foot + train + Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Jeffreys Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + train + bus + train:  20​h 30​min
End: Manchester

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, stroll through Signal Hill, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town day trip planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in November, you will find days in Cape Town are much hotter (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

2
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Eikehof, examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, then learn about winemaking at Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery Group, and finally learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Stellenbosch Village Museum, examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, then learn about winemaking at Stellenrust Winery, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Van Ryn's Distillery.

Plan trip to Stellenbosch with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Stellenbosch, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Franschhoek
Highlights from your plan
First South African Perfume Museum ©
First South African Perfume Museum
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate
The Stellenbosch Village Museum ©
The Stellenbosch Village Museum

1
night
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
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 28th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then Head underground at Cango Caves, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn online attractions planner .

Getting from Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Stellenbosch in November, you will find days in Oudtshoorn are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

1
night
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Janine Iron and Washing Museum, then walk around Harry Giddy Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nkonzo Wildlife Research.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Mossel Bay trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nkonzo Wildlife Research ©
Nkonzo Wildlife Research

3
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Venture out of the city with trips to Plettenberg Bay (St. Christopher Catholic Church & Robberg Nature Reserve) and Birds of Eden (in The Crags). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, stop by Metelerkamps, and view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Knysna trip planner .

You can drive from Mossel Bay to Knysna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Knysna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

1
night
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brewhaha Craft Brewery, then see the interesting displays at Jeffrey's Bay Shell Museum (Charlotte Kritzinger Shell Museum), and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeffreys Bay tour planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Jeffreys Bay takes 2.5 hours. In December in Jeffreys Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Brewhaha Craft Brewery ©
Brewhaha Craft Brewery

2
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dockside Brewery and then stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Jeffreys Bay to Port Elizabeth by car takes about an hour. In December in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve

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