18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Pringle Bay
Drive:  4 h 30 min
1
George
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Plettenberg Bay
— 8 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Swellendam
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Pringle Bay

2
nights
George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
You've added Timberlake Organic Village, Acrobranch Wildwoods, Redberry Farm, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Wed), whizz through the canopy at Timberlake Organic Village. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Redberry Farm and then enjoy some diversion at Acrobranch Wildwoods.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the George attractions planner.

Pringle Bay to George is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Pringle Bay in December, expect nights in George to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in George

Fun & Games Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Wilderness
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Acrobranch Wildwoods ©
Acrobranch Wildwoods
Perdepoort Horse Tails ©
Perdepoort Horse Tails
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and Cango Wildlife Ranch. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder .

Drive from George to Oudtshoorn in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

8
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ocean Blue as well as Old Nick Village. Visiting Plettenberg Beach and Birds of Eden will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Radical Raptors and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary will thrill your kids. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Sat) at Adventure Land - Water Slides and Play Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks
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Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

4
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Southern Yachting Academy, Knysna Heads, Le Spa Tranquille, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Circles in the Forest and La Carla Mask Atelier.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Knysna sightseeing planner.

Knysna is just a stone's throw from Plettenberg Bay. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

La Carla Mask Atelier
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Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Knysna RIB Adventures ©
Knysna RIB Adventures
Southern Yachting Academy ©
Southern Yachting Academy

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marloth Nature Reserve and then tee off at Swellendam Golf Course.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Swellendam day trip planning site .

You can drive from Knysna to Swellendam in 3 hours. January in Swellendam sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Swellendam

Outdoors Golf Parks
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Marloth Nature Reserve ©
Marloth Nature Reserve

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