22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Montreal
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
Montreal

5
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Clifton Beaches and Fish Hoek Beach. The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Fairview Wine and Cheese are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Boschendal Manor & Winery in Franschhoek, about 1h 05 min away. On the 5th (Fri), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and do a tasting at Klein Constantia.

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Montreal, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Montreal to Cape Town. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Montreal in January: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Franschhoek Motor Museum, Dorp Street, Boschendal Wine Estate, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Get a sense of the local culture at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and Outeniqua Transport Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: George (Montagu Pass Old Toll House & Safaris), Santos beach (in Mossel Bay) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass and relax in the rural setting at Cango Ostrich Show Farm.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness Beach
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Elephant Sanctuary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plettenberg Bay: Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Tsitsikamma National Park), Knysna (Featherbed Nature Reserve & Speed Boats Tours) and Noetzie (in Noetzie). There's lots more to do: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

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
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

4
days
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Grotto Beach and Pringle Bay Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas to see Cape Agulhas Lighthouse about 1h 35 min away. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach and stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hermanus holiday planner.

Getting from Plettenberg Bay to Hermanus by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Pringle Bay Beach, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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