13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Knysna
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Riyadh

2
nights
Port Elizabeth

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, then enjoy the sand and surf at King's Beach, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth online trip itinerary planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Riyadh in January: high temperatures in Port Elizabeth hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Dockside Brewery ©
Dockside Brewery

2
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Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
On the 5th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, then pause for some photo ops at Dalene Matthee Memorial, and then stroll through Brenton on Sea.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Knysna online trip builder .

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Knysna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

2
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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 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay online holiday planner .

Plettenberg Bay is very close to Knysna. In January, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

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.
Attractions like Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Cape Point make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Platteklip Gorge. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, and see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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