15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 5 nights
— 4 nights
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Polokwane International Airport, Fly to Male


Cape Town — 5 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like West Coast National Park and Twelve Apostles. Head to The Old Biscuit Mill and Uwe Koetter Jewellersfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and take an exotic tour of Kumba Safaris.

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Male, Maldives to Cape Town is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Maldives Time (MVT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from Male, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.
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Hermanus — 4 nights

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dyer Island Cruises and Hermanus Cliff Path. Head to Hermanus Country Market and Funky Vibesfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck Coast (in L'Agulhas) and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, do a tasting at Sumaridge Wine Estate, and cruise along Franschhoek Pass.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus holiday planner.

Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Hermanus are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look for gifts at La Carla Mask Atelier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and finally stroll through Elephant Sanctuary The Crags. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, and then stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit — 2 nights

Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
On the 21st (Wed), browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, then take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, and then view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Plettenberg Bay to Hoedspruit takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Plettenberg Bay in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Hoedspruit, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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South Africa travel guide

Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.