27 days in South Africa Itinerary

27 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hermanus
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 6 nights
Drive:  10 h 30 min
4
Coffee Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Cape Town

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Go for a jaunt from Cape Town to Franschhoek to see First South African Perfume Museum about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online sightseeing planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cape Town. In May, daytime highs in Cape Town are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

First South African Perfume Museum
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

6
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
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: Shark Diving (in Gansbaai), Marbrin Olive Growers (in Robertson) and Swellendam (Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery & Drostdy Museum). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, learn about winemaking at Oneiric Wines, take in nature's colorful creations at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, and look for gifts at Funky Vibes.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hermanus planner.

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. In May in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Swellendam, Elgin, McGregor, Betty's Bay, Shark Diving
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Shark Diving
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

6
nights
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Knysna (Knysna Elephant Park & Knysna Heads), George (George Golf Club, Cape Palette Art Gallery, &more) and Meiringspoort (in De Rust). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery, stroll through Perdepoort Horse Tails, and kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn vacation app.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Coffee Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Riversdale, George, Wilderness, Knysna, De Rust
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

2
nights
Coffee Bay

Coffee Bay ©
Step out of Coffee Bay with an excursion to Waterfall Bluff in Rhole--about 1h 30 min away.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Coffee Bay trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Coffee Bay by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Coffee Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterfall Bluff, Mdumbi Beach, Lubanzi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Waterfall Bluff ©
Waterfall Bluff
Mdumbi Beach ©
Mdumbi Beach
Hole in the Wall ©
Hole in the Wall

4
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Port Elizabeth: Addo Elephant National Park (Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo & Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre). The adventure continues: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at St Augustine's Catholic Cathedral, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and view the masterpieces at Ron Belling Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth trip planner.

Drive from Coffee Bay to Port Elizabeth in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Addo Elephant National Park
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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