8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Stony Point Penguin Colony. You'll get in some beach time at Grotto Beach and Fish Hoek Beach. Step out of Cape Town to go to Franschhoek and see Franschhoek Motor Museum, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, and cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town vacation website .

Valletta, Malta to Cape Town is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to Cape Town is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Valletta in October since evenings lows in Cape Town dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Grotto Beach, Chapman's Peak Drive, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stroll through Brenton on Sea and then enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and then explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay trip site .

You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cape Town in October, plan for little chillier days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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