10 days in South Africa Itinerary

10 days in South Africa Itinerary

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10 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  24​h
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Wilderness
— Few hours
6
Umhlanga Rocks
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
7
Sandton
— Few hours
train:  15​min
8
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Groote Kerk.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online journey planner .

Washington DC, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 24-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Traveling from Washington DC to Cape Town, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Cape Town is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stop by Funky Vibes and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Voelklip Beach.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip planner .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. May in Hermanus sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Knysna Elephant Park
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

1
night
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): hike along Otter Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tsitsikamma National Park online attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Plettenberg Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Tsitsikamma National Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Wilderness.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

few
hours
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wilderness trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a bus from Tsitsikamma National Park to Wilderness in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tsitsikamma National Park in May, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Wilderness. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Umhlanga Rocks.

Things to do in Wilderness

Shopping
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The Pearl Shop ©
The Pearl Shop

1
night
Umhlanga Rocks

Umhlanga Rocks ©
Hailed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Umhlanga Rocks boasts beautiful coastlines best suited for surfing, fishing, and whale and dolphin viewing.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Africa Art Gallery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Umhlanga Rocks route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Wilderness to Umhlanga Rocks in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Wilderness in May: high temperatures in Umhlanga Rocks hover around 80°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Sandton.

Things to do in Umhlanga Rocks

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

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hours
Sandton

Sandton
The upscale Johannesburg district of Sandton, a commercial hub of the city, remains best known for its massive shopping complex, Sandton City.
For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sandton trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Umhlanga Rocks to Sandton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Umhlanga Rocks in May; daily highs in Sandton reach 72°F and lows reach 47°F. You'll set off for Johannesburg on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Sandton

Tours Nightlife Spas
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1
night
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then contemplate the long history of South Western Townships.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg sightseeing planner .

Johannesburg is just a short distance from Sandton. In May in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
South Western Townships ©
South Western Townships

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