16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Bus:  45 min
2
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Port Elizabeth
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Cape Town
— 1 day
Fly:  17 h
End: Hamburg

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wanderlust - Cape Town on Foot Walking Tour. Get some cultural insight at Robben Island and Bo-kaap. You'll discover tucked-away gems like West Coast National Park and Twelve Apostles. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Boulders Beach, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach, and do a tasting at High Constantia Wine Cellar.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner .

Hamburg, Germany to Cape Town is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hamburg to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hamburg in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Cape Town: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): do a tasting at Simonsig, then do a tasting at Marianne Wine Estate, then see the interesting displays at The Franschhoek Motor Museum, and finally relax in the rural setting at Boschendal Wine Estate. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Terra Del Capo - Tasting Room, indulge your taste buds at Eikehof, and then stroll through Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Stellenbosch trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek
Highlights from your plan
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Eikehof ©
Eikehof
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

2
nights
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 2nd (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Hermanus travel route builder .

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Hermanus are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort, learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, then learn about winemaking at Boplaas, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place, and finally relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm. On the next day, stroll through Meerkat Magic and then admire the sheer force of Meiringspoort Waterfall.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hermanus in November: highs in Oudtshoorn hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

De Rust, Calitzdorp
Highlights from your plan
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

2
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Get in touch with nature at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and Otter Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Birds of Eden and Dutch Reformed Church. Step out of Tsitsikamma National Park to go to The Crags and see Lodestone Wines, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Tsitsikamma National Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tsitsikamma National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Tsitsikamma National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Tsitsikamma National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Dutch Reformed Church
Highlights from your plan
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

3
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.
On the 9th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, stroll through Samrec Penguin Rescue Station, and then try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth online visit planner .

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Port Elizabeth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
SANCCOB ©
SANCCOB
Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists ©

1
day
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at District Six Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah Outreach, and then do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape Town online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tsitsikamma National Park to Cape Town in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West ©
Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West
District Six Museum ©
District Six Museum

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