32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

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32 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  20​h
1
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Swellendam
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Agulhas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
St Lucia
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Visiting Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jandreart Studio and Plettenvale Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Noetzie (in Noetzie) and Knysna (Buffalo Bay, Brenton on Sea, & more). There's more to do: stroll through Elephant Sanctuary and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

For maps and tourist information, use the Plettenberg Bay route planning website .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in December; daily highs in Plettenberg Bay reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary

4
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Take a break from the city and head to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Bontebok National Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Drostdy Museum and Laingsburg Flood Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Swellendam side-trips: Montagu (Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church, St Mildred's Chapelry, & more), Matjiesfontein (in Matjiesfontein) and Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios (in Barrydale). There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery and make a trip to NG Kerk.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Swellendam trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Swellendam takes 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Swellendam

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Montagu, Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, Laingsburg Flood Museum
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve ©
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Laingsburg Flood Museum ©
Laingsburg Flood Museum

3
nights
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, then contemplate the long history of Kassiesbaai, and then Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, take an in-depth tour of Shipwreck Museum, and then trek along De Hoop Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Agulhas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Cape Agulhas takes 1.5 hours. In December in Cape Agulhas, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bredasdorp, Arniston
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De Hoop Nature Reserve ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Kassiesbaai ©
Kassiesbaai

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Museum-lovers will appreciate SANSA Space Science and Rossouw Modern Art. We've included these beaches for you: Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Stanford (Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary & Phillipskop Mountain Reserve). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Funky Vibes, and enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus online travel route planner .

Getting from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hermanus are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Stanford, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

4
nights
Hoedspruit

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Tshukudu Game Lodge. The adventure continues: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, look for gifts at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, and meet the residents at Hippo Jessica.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hoedspruit in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Safaris, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Safaris
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre ©
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

5
nights
St Lucia

St Lucia ©
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Take a break from the city and head to Heritage Tours & Safaris and Crocodile Centre St Lucia. Take a break from St Lucia with a short trip to Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park in Hluhluwe, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read St Lucia trip planner .

Getting from Hoedspruit to St Lucia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hoedspruit in December since evenings lows in St Lucia dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in St Lucia

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Heritage Tours & Safaris, Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Safaris
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Boschendal Wine Estate and South African Jewish Museum. Visit Bloubergstrand Beach and Scarborough Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park), Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon (in Langebaan) and Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (in Stellenbosch). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at !Khwa ttu, kick back and relax at Muizenberg Beach, steep yourself in history at Groot Constantia, and take an in-depth tour of Cape Town Holocaust Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Cape Town in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from St Lucia in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cape Town, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, West Coast National Park, !Khwa ttu, Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon, Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park

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