18 days in Africa Itinerary

18 days in Africa Itinerary

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18 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  11 h 45 min
3
Chamarel, Mauritius
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
5
La Digue Island, Seychelles
— 3 nights
Ferry:  15 min
6
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  7 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

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 Robberg Nature Reserve and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Plettenberg Bay side-trips: Knysna (Spas & Wellness & Knysna Heads). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Knysna
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

2
nights
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm and then relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass and then stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn day trip tool .

You can drive from Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chamarel.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife Parks Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
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Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

3
nights
Chamarel, Mauritius

Chamarel ©
The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
Relax by the water at Tamarin Bay and Flic en Flac Beach. Get outdoors at Le Morne Beach and Chamarel Waterfall. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Black River Gorges National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Le Morne Brabant.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chamarel trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oudtshoorn to Chamarel. The time zone difference when traveling from Oudtshoorn to Chamarel is 2 hours. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in October, expect Chamarel to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Baie.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mauritius, Flic en Flac Beach, Le Morne Brabant
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Le Morne Brabant ©
Le Morne Brabant
Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park
Le Morne Beach ©
Le Morne Beach

3
nights
Grand Baie, Mauritius

Grand Baie ©
Wide-open beaches with dazzling blue water and a relaxed coastal atmosphere lure visitors to take a trip to Grand Baie.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Mont Choisy Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bain Boeuf Public Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Grand Gaube Beach, stroll through Ile Plate Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pereybere Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Baie trip planner .

Getting from Chamarel to Grand Baie by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Grand Baie sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for La Digue Island.

Things to do in Grand Baie

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cap Malheureux, Grand Gaube, Scuba & Snorkeling, Mont Choisy Beach
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
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Mont Choisy Beach ©
Mont Choisy Beach
Ile Plate Beach ©
Ile Plate Beach
Bain Boeuf Public Beach ©
Bain Boeuf Public Beach

3
nights
La Digue Island, Seychelles

La Digue Island ©
La Digue Island remains a relatively unknown vacation destination, offering very few tourist facilities and an exotic though largely undeveloped coastline.
We've included these beaches for you: Spiagge di Anse Marron and Petite Anse. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anse Severe and Anse Fourmis. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Anse and stroll through Anse Source D'Argent.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Digue Island day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and ferry from Grand Baie to La Digue Island takes 7.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Baie in October since evenings lows in La Digue Island dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Praslin Island.

Things to do in La Digue Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Petite Anse ©
Petite Anse
Spiagge di Anse Marron ©
Spiagge di Anse Marron
Anse Coco Beach ©
Anse Coco Beach

3
nights
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Anse Possession. Relax by the water at Anse Kerlan Beach and Anse Volbert. There's still lots to do: stroll through Anse Georgette, delve into the lush surroundings at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, and head off the coast to Curieuse Island.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Praslin Island travel route planner .

Praslin Island is just a short distance from La Digue Island. In October, daily temperatures in Praslin Island can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Anse Kerlan Beach ©
Anse Kerlan Beach
Anse Volbert ©
Anse Volbert

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