20 days in Eastern Cape & Western Cape Itinerary

20 days in Eastern Cape & Western Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Wilderness
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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Port Elizabeth

— 2 nights

Windy City

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 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Port Elizabeth vacation planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Port Elizabeth due to the time zone difference. In December, Port Elizabeth is much warmer than Brussels - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Graaff-Reinet

— 2 nights
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Owl House, see the interesting displays at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Camdeboo National Park.

Plan my day in Graaff-Reinet using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Graaff-Reinet in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Suspension Bridge and Knysna Lagoon. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Featherbed Nature Reserve, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, walk around Plett Puzzle Park, pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip maker website.

Getting from Graaff-Reinet to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wilderness

— 2 nights
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the activities along Wilderness Lagoon, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilderness National Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wilderness trip planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Wilderness by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Wilderness can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Oudtshoorn

— 2 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, browse the exhibits of Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place, then experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Redberry Farm, then examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of St Jude's Anglican Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip builder website.

You can drive from Wilderness to Oudtshoorn in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hermanus

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Funky Vibes, explore the galleries of Originals Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and finally kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hermanus day trip planning site.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bloubergstrand Beach and Chapman's Peak Drive. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cape Town trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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 January, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Eastern Cape travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Parks · Zipline
Serving as landing site and home of settlers in the 1820s, Eastern Cape also remains the traditional home of the Xhosa people. The diverse landscape provides a dizzying array of vacation ideas in the Eastern Cape: see arid deserts in the interior, or the lush, humid land to the east--home to elephants, buffalo, and the endangered black rhino. Add cultural components to your Eastern Cape itinerary with numerous monuments, museums, and galleries that tell the story of the country's numerous ethnicities.

Western Cape travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Mountains
Shifting landscapes of towering mountains, patchworks of farmlands, and sandy beaches draw visitors from all around the world to the Western Cape. Delve into the bustling commercial and industrial center of Cape Town, or tour quaint wineries dotting the countryside, where you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of gastronomic delights. Active vacations in the Western Cape make the most of a large number of outdoor activities and extreme sports, such as bungee-jumping, 4x4 driving, and jeep safaris through the region's wilderness.