15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  30​h
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Fly:  36​h
End: San Antonio

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Clifton Beaches and The Franschhoek Motor Museum. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, head off the coast to Robben Island, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, and stroll through Cape of Good Hope.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town itinerary builder.

San Antonio, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Antonio in May: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 69°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Storms River Suspension Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, Featherbed Nature Reserve, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Margaret's Viewpoint, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

1
night
Oudtshoorn

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): cruise along Swartberg Pass and then Head underground at The Cango Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip builder.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves

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