16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Jeffreys Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Manchester

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 22nd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and then trek along Otter Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner .

Manchester, UK to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Plettenberg Bay due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in November, expect nights in Plettenberg Bay to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are much warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Otter Trail
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

1
night
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): sample the tasty concoctions at Brewhaha Craft Brewery, 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 online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Jeffreys Bay in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

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

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River), Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth) and Cango Caves (in Oudtshoorn). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Suspension Bridge, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jeffreys Bay to Knysna takes 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Knysna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Suspension Bridge, Storms River bridge, Cango Caves, The Dolphin Trail
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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.
Nkonzo Wildlife Research has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Janine Iron and Washing Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nkonzo Wildlife Research, and then stroll around Harry Giddy Park.

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You can drive from Knysna to Mossel Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Mossel Bay, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

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

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.
On the 30th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of The Stellenbosch Village Museum, then learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate, and then do a tasting at Stellenrust Winery.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Stellenbosch online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Stellenbosch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mossel Bay in November: highs in Stellenbosch hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Tours Museums

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

5
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town journey maker tool .

Getting from Stellenbosch to Cape Town by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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