11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Berlin
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Hermanus
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Berlin

2
days
Cape Town

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 28th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, admire the natural beauty at Company's Gardens, and then kick back and relax at Fish Hoek Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, then kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and finally take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town custom trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Clifton Beaches
Bloubergstrand Beach
District Six Museum

1
day
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 30th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn vacation planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

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Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

3
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Step out of Plettenberg Bay to go to Tsitsikamma National Park and see Storms River Suspension Bridge, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay travel planner.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Featherbed Nature Reserve
Storms River Suspension Bridge
Knysna Lagoon

2
days
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 4th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, take in nature's colorful creations at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus vacation builder.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Hermanus are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Betty's Bay, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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