17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive to Polokwane International Airport, Fly to New Delhi

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Plettenberg Bay

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Holy Trinity Church and St George's Anglican Church. You'll get in some beach time at Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea. Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Featherbed Nature Reserve) and Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

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New Delhi, India to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Plettenberg Bay is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in September, things will get cooler in Plettenberg Bay: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck Coast, then get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Agulhas travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Agulhas takes 5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Cape Agulhas when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Hermanus

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): Head underground at Klipgat Caves, get a new perspective on things with Dyer Island Cruises, and then take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony, then kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, and then stroll through Grotto Beach.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus online holiday planner.

Drive from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 5 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get some cultural insight at Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours and Bo-kaap. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. Step out of Cape Town to go to Stellenbosch and see Spier Wine Farm, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Company's Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, and take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hoedspruit

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park in Kruger National Park, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Hoedspruit to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.