18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  3 h
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Clanwilliam
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and then stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Plettenberg Bay using our trip planner.

Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cape Town in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

6
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 Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling, Parapax Tandem Paragliding - Cape Town, Convoy Tours, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town holiday builder site .

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Plettenberg Bay in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 22nd (Fri), kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony, look for gifts at Bee and Kie, and then take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus travel route planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. November in Hermanus sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Clanwilliam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Betty's Bay, Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, Bee and Kie
Highlights from your plan
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path

3
nights
Clanwilliam

Clanwilliam ©
Clanwilliam is a town in the Olifants River valley in the Western Cape, South Africa, about north of Cape Town. Get out of town with these interesting Clanwilliam side-trips: Tankwa Karoo National Park (in Calvinia) and Bird Island Nature Reserve (in Lamberts Bay). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Pakhuis Pass, trek along Sevilla Rock Art Trail, examine the collection at Clanwilliam Museum, and look for gifts at Rooibos Tea House.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Clanwilliam road trip tool .

Drive from Hermanus to Clanwilliam in 4 hours. Traveling from Hermanus in November, expect nights in Clanwilliam to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Clanwilliam

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tankwa Karoo National Park, Bird Island Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sevilla Rock Art Trail ©
Sevilla Rock Art Trail
Bird Island Nature Reserve ©
Bird Island Nature Reserve
Tankwa Karoo National Park ©
Tankwa Karoo National Park

2
nights
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Durban is known for zoos & aquariums, wildlife, parks, beaches, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Durban road trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Clanwilliam to Durban. Traveling from Clanwilliam in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Durban, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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