38 days in Western Cape Itinerary

38 days in Western Cape Itinerary

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38 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Start: Mogadishu
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Swellendam
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
West Coast National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Mogadishu

9
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town route builder website .

Mogadishu, Somalia to Cape Town is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Mogadishu in June, with highs in Cape Town at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, Featherbed Nature Reserve, & more) and Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park). There's lots more to do: stroll through Birds of Eden, enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and look for gifts at La Carla Mask Atelier.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay online travel planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Suspension Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: Wilderness (Wilderness Beach & Kaaiman's River), George (The Fudgemaster, George Golf Club, & more) and Meiringspoort (in De Rust). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Outeniqua Pass, and relax in the rural setting at Cango Ostrich Show Farm.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn route builder .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Oudtshoorn, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

George, Wilderness, Meiringspoort
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

5
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (in Montagu), Robertson (Springfield Estate Winery & Marbrin Olive Growers) and Platform 62 (in Ashton). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Bontebok National Park. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, stop by Bee Things, trek along De Hoop Whale Trail, and kick back and relax at Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Swellendam trip planner .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Arniston, Bredasdorp, Robertson, Platform 62
Highlights from your plan
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve ©
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary (in Stanford), Shark Diving (in Gansbaai) and Oneiric Wines (in Elgin). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, indulge your taste buds at Creation, stop by Peregrine Farm Stall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hermanus vacation planner.

You can drive from Swellendam to Hermanus in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to West Coast National Park.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Betty's Bay, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Oneiric Wines, Peregrine Farm Stall, Shark Diving
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

5
nights
West Coast National Park

West Coast National Park ©
Witness the spring blossoms and vivid birdlife in West Coast National Park, among the richest in Western Cape.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Coast National Park: Groote Post Winery (in Darling) and Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Tietiesbaai (in Paternoster). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of West Coast National Park, look for gifts at Gaia Crystals, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the West Coast National Park tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Hermanus to West Coast National Park in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in West Coast National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Langebaan, Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Tietiesbaai, Groote Post Winery
Highlights from your plan
West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Gaia Crystals ©
Gaia Crystals