8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Cape Town
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly to London Gatwick, Train to Bournemouth


Cape Town

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get some cultural insight at Franschhoek Motor Museum and Delaire Graff Estate. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Nederburg Wines (in Paarl). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia.

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Bournemouth, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Bournemouth to Cape Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bournemouth in July: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Elephant Sanctuary The Crags, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

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Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Plettenberg Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

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.