20 days in Western Cape Itinerary

20 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western Cape trip planner

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Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
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Robertson
— 2 nights
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Hermanus
— 4 nights
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Cape Town
— 7 nights
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Plettenberg Bay

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route National Park & Knysna Heads). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, relax and rejuvenate at Forest Nature Spa, cool off at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park, and learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Plettenberg Bay to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Oudtshoorn

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: De Rust (Meiringspoort Waterfall & Meiringspoort), Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and George (Outeniqua Transport Museum & The Fudgemaster). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, admire the landmark architecture of St Jude's Anglican Church, and learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn route maker website.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Robertson.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Robertson

— 2 nights
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
On the 30th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, do a tasting at Esona Boutique Wine Estate, then get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with American Dream Cars, stop by Montagu Farmstall, then experience rural life at Olijvenhof Olive Estate, and finally learn about winemaking at Four Cousins Tasting Room.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Robertson trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Robertson in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Robertson, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries · Outdoors · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Hermanus

— 4 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Franschhoek (Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery, Stony Brook Vineyards, &more), Shark Diving (in Gansbaai) and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve (in Stanford). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, do a tasting at Bartho Eksteen Wijnskool, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and sample the tasty concoctions at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant.

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

Traveling by car from Robertson to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 7 nights

Mother City

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, whizz through the canopy at Abseil Africa, and contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cape Town tour planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Western Cape travel guide

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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.