7 days in South Africa Itinerary

7 days in South Africa Itinerary

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7 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Queenstown
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Storms River
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
5
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

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Queenstown

Queenstown
Komani, formerly known as Queenstown, is a town in the middle of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, roughly halfway between the smaller towns of Cathcart and Sterkstroom. To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool .

Cape Town to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Cape Town in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Queenstown, with lows of 0°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Queenstown

Golf Outdoors

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery and then whizz through the canopy at Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Crossroads Christian Fellowship, then experience rural life at Holmeleigh Farmyard, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kwantu Private Game Reserve - Day Visits, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at King's Beach.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth trip site .

You can drive from Queenstown to Port Elizabeth in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Queenstown in September, expect much warmer with lows of 13°C in Port Elizabeth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Storms River.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
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Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours ©
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
Holmeleigh Farmyard ©
Holmeleigh Farmyard

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night
Storms River

Storms River ©
Located on the famous Garden Route along the Indian Ocean coast, Storms River serves as a gateway to the nearby national park, drawing adventurous souls and ecotourists.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, then snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, and then trek along The Dolphin Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Storms River trip planner.

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Storms River in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Storms River

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
Highlights from your plan
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip maker .

Traveling by car from Storms River to Plettenberg Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

1
night
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, then stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, and then kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Knysna trip planner .

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. In September, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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night
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.
On the 29th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Oudtshoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Knysna in September since evenings lows in Oudtshoorn dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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