23 days in Western Cape & Graaff-Reinet Itinerary

23 days in Western Cape & Graaff-Reinet Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

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Cape Town
— 7 nights
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Elands Bay
— 2 nights
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Montagu
— 4 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
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Graaff-Reinet
— 4 nights
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Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

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

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Elands Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Elands Bay

— 2 nights
Elands Bay is a town in South Africa, situated in the Western Cape Province, on the Atlantic Ocean, at. On the 23rd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Elands Bay Beach. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Sandveld Museum and then stroll through Bird Island Nature Reserve.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Elands Bay trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Cape Town to Elands Bay in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Elands Bay: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Montagu.

Things to do in Elands Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Montagu

— 4 nights
A gateway to the fertile hills and valleys of the Little Karoo and a stop on historic Route 62, the scenic village of Montagu captivates with its quaint Cape Dutch architecture and mineral hot springs.
Bring the kids along to Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm and Robertson Art Gallery. Explore Montagu's surroundings by going to Barrydale Dutch Reformed Church (in Barrydale) and Swellendam (NG Kerk Swellendam, Drostdy Museum, &more). The adventure continues: head outdoors with American Dream Cars, view the masterpieces at IBIS Gallery, relax in the rural setting at Farmer Redbeard, and take a memorable drive along R 62 nel Klein Karoo.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Montagu trip builder website.

You can drive from Elands Bay to Montagu in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Elands Bay in December: highs in Montagu hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Montagu

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn

— 1 night

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.
On the 29th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then Head underground at Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montagu to Oudtshoorn takes 3 hours. In December in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Graaff-Reinet

— 4 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.
Explore Graaff-Reinet's surroundings by going to Cat Conservation Trust (in Cradock), Walter Battiss Art Museum (in Somerset East) and Nieu-Bethesda (The Owl House, Dustcovers, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, steep yourself in history at St James the Great Anglican Church, and examine the collection at Urquhart House Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Graaff-Reinet tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Graaff-Reinet takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Robberg Nature Reserve and Adventure Land - Water Slides and Play Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Knysna Heads, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, relax and rejuvenate at Forest Nature Spa, and cool off at Water World Wild Waters Fun Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay visit planner.

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Plettenberg Bay in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.