20 days in Western Cape Itinerary

20 days in Western Cape Itinerary

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20 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
West Coast National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bredasdorp
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Plettenberg Bay
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Durban

1
night
West Coast National Park

West Coast National Park ©
Witness the spring blossoms and vivid birdlife in West Coast National Park, among the richest in Western Cape.
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the activities along Langebaan Lagoon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the West Coast National Park day trip planning website .

Durban to West Coast National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Durban in September, things will get a bit cooler in West Coast National Park: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in West Coast National Park

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Langebaan Lagoon
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West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
Langebaan Lagoon ©
Langebaan Lagoon

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bloubergstrand Beach and Muizenberg Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Twelve Apostles and Cheetah Outreach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein) and Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fish Hoek Beach, steep yourself in history at Iziko Koopmans-De Wet House, and hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town online itinerary planner .

You can drive from West Coast National Park to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Boschendal Wine Estate, Franschhoek Pass, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Muizenberg Beach ©
Muizenberg Beach
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
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 Grotto Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Escape the urban bustle at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens (in Betty's Bay) and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve (in Stanford). There's still lots to do: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Hermanus are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Shipwreck Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, and then explore the striking landscape at Seaside Dunes.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bredasdorp trip builder .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Bredasdorp takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arniston, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
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Shipwreck Museum ©
Shipwreck Museum

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and Wilderness National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wilderness Beach and Meiringspoort. Step out of Oudtshoorn to go to Wilderness and see Dolphin Point Lookout, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Cango Ostrich Show Farm.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Bredasdorp to Oudtshoorn in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Wilderness, Meiringspoort
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Sanctuary and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Featherbed Nature Reserve and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Knysna (Brenton on Sea & Jandreart Studio). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and look for gifts at La Carla Mask Atelier.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Plettenberg Bay, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Knysna, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
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