5 days in South Africa Itinerary

5 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Cape Town
— 1 night
Drive
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Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive
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Oudtshoorn
— Few hours
Drive
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
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Cape Town

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at District Six Museum, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre, then stroll through Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and finally explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning site.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Swellendam

Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 5th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marloth Nature Reserve, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bontebok National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Swellendam holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Cape Town to Swellendam in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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Oudtshoorn

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.
To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn online day trip planner.

You can drive from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 46°F. You'll set off for Plettenberg Bay on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, stroll through Birds of Eden, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in August, Plettenberg Bay is a bit warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.