35 days in Western Cape Itinerary

35 days in Western Cape Itinerary

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35 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Dubai
Fly:  12​h 45​min
Cape Town
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
West Coast National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Robertson
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Dubai

12
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visit Boulders Beach and Fish Hoek Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at District Six Museum and Groot Constantia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Stellenbosch (Thelema Mountain Vineyards & The Stellenbosch Village Museum) and Lynx Wines (in Wemmershoek). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stroll through Clifton Beaches, get great views at Maclear's Beacon, and admire all the interesting features of Robben Island.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip builder website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cape Town is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Cape Town, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in July, expect Cape Town to be colder, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to West Coast National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Lynx Wines, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Robben Island ©
Robben Island

3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at West Coast National Park and Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Tietiesbaai. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gaia Crystals and Weskus Mall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Coast National Park: Pulpit Rock Wine (in Riebeek-West) and Groote Post Winery (in Darling). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon and see the interesting displays at !Khwa ttu.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our West Coast National Park sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Cape Town to West Coast National Park in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in West Coast National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in West Coast National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Langebaan, Pulpit Rock Wine, Groote Post Winery, Weskus Mall, !Khwa ttu
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West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon

4
days
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and Oneiric Wines. Relax by the water at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Peregrine Farm Stall (in Grabouw) and Gansbaai (African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary & Shark Diving). It doesn't end there: stop by Funky Vibes and stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hermanus itinerary site .

You can drive from West Coast National Park to Hermanus in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Robertson.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Gansbaai, Stanford, Oneiric Wines, Peregrine Farm Stall, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Phillipskop Mountain Reserve ©
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

4
days
Robertson

Robertson ©
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
Get in touch with nature at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and American Dream Cars. Head to Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts and Bee Thingsfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Robertson side-trips: Drostdy Museum (in Swellendam), Waverley Hills Organic Wine and Olives (in Wolseley) and Old Town Tulbagh (in Tulbagh). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Robertson driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Robertson takes 2 hours. August in Robertson sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Robertson

#Wineries, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Montagu, Swellendam, Goedverwacht Wine Estate, Waverley Hills Organic Wine and Olives, Lord's Wines
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve ©
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

5
days
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 The Cango Caves and Swartberg Pass. Get some cultural insight at Boplaas and De Krans Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Meiringspoort (in De Rust), Wilderness (Wilderness Beach & Wilderness National Park) and George (St Mark's Cathedral & George Golf Club). There's much more to do: stop by Cali Craft & Gems, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, take in the awesome beauty at Outeniqua Pass, and explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Robertson to Oudtshoorn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Wilderness, George, Calitzdorp, Meiringspoort, Outeniqua Pass
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

5
days
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 Birds of Eden and Robberg Nature Reserve. Relax by the water at Brenton on Sea and Bollard Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Buffalo Bay, Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay road trip planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Plettenberg Bay, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Knysna
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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