9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  20​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore hidden gems such as Franschhoek Motor Museum and Eikehof. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Waterford Estate and Buitenverwachting. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (in Stellenbosch) and Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek). There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape Point, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town route maker tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 19-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 7 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in March, with highs in Cape Town at 78°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Bollard Bay. Visit Buffalo Bay and Plettenberg Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Plettenberg Bay with an excursion to Jandreart Studio in Knysna--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder 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. March in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

1
night
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Liliesleaf and then try to win big at Emperors Palace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in April, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Liliesleaf, Emperors Palace
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Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Liliesleaf ©
Liliesleaf

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