18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Wilderness
— 10 nights
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Hermanus
— 4 nights
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Cape Town
— 2 nights
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Paarl
— 1 night

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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.
Get outdoors at Wilderness Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wilderness National Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Wilderness' surroundings by going to Oudtshoorn (Safari Ostrich Show Farm & De Zeekoe Farm). And it doesn't end there: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Segway Tours, stop by Palms Garden Square, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kaaimans Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Wilderness vacation builder.

Johannesburg to Wilderness is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in Wilderness to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Hermanus.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 26:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

4
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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Grotto Beach and Kleinmond Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: Houw Hoek Farm Stall (in Elgin), African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai) and Betty's Bay Main Beach (in Betty's Bay). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, tee off at Hermanus Golf Club, view the masterpieces at Lembu Gallery & Studio, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Book Collector.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Wilderness to Hermanus in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hermanus are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kleinmond Beach ©
Kleinmond Beach

2
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Cape Town

Cape Town ©

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): examine the collection at Heart of Cape Town Museum, then take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, and then identify plant and animal life at Noordhoek Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Town online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paarl.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors · Nature · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Heart of Cape Town Museum ©
Heart of Cape Town Museum
Noordhoek Beach ©
Noordhoek Beach
Chapman's Peak Drive ©
Chapman's Peak Drive

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Paarl

Paarl ©

Pearl of the Winelands

The town of Paarl remains best known for its landscape, dominated by a gargantuan granite outcrop--it's also notable as the birthplace of the Afrikaans language.
On the 1st (Fri), stop by DV Artisan Chocolate, see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, then play a few rounds at Boschenmeer Golf Estate, and finally surround yourself with nature on African Crocdive.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paarl sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Paarl takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Paarl can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paarl

Outdoors · Golf · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
African Crocdive ©
African Crocdive
Boschenmeer Golf Estate ©
Boschenmeer Golf Estate

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