18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  18​h
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Franschhoek
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Addo Elephant National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Plettenberg Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Barcelona

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island Museum and Groot Constantia. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach, learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cape Town using our trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Cape Town is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in September; daily highs in Cape Town reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

3
nights
Franschhoek

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Franschhoek Motor Museum, do a tasting at Lynx Wines, and then savor the flavors at Boschendal Wine Estate. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Fairview Wine and Cheese, then learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate, and then learn about winemaking at Spier Wine Farm.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Franschhoek route planner.

Drive from Cape Town to Franschhoek in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Franschhoek sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Lynx Wine Estate ©
Lynx Wine Estate
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Sat), stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch and then admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Cango Ostrich Show Farm, then Head underground at The Cango Caves, and then admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn road trip planning website .

Getting from Franschhoek to Oudtshoorn by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive
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The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

2
nights
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll around Addo Elephant National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Jah Drums and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Addo Elephant National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Addo Elephant National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Jah Drums
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Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre
Jah Drums ©
Jah Drums

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Explore Plettenberg Bay's surroundings by going to Knysna (Knysna Heads & Jandreart Studio). The adventure continues: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Addo Elephant National Park to Plettenberg Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 12th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Sumaridge Wine Estate and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hermanus online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Groote Kerk. On the next day, examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum, kick back and relax at Camp's Bay Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Camp's Bay Beach ©
Camp's Bay Beach

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