9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Cape Town
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Sun), stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth online sightseeing planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in April: high temperatures in Port Elizabeth hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

2
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 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach. Keep things going the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, then explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and then stroll through Radical Raptors.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point Ostrich Farm, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner .

You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): do a tasting at Eikehof, admire all the interesting features of Franschhoek Pass, then see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. On the next day, do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, then learn about winemaking at Delaire Graff Estate, and finally do a tasting at Waterford Estate.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Stellenbosch day trip planner.

Take a bus from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve ©
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

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