Thirteen to 16 days is the most popular trip length for travelers visiting South Africa's Cape Town and Franschhoek, especially when including Johannesburg and Kruger National Park. If you're only headed to Cape Town and Franschhoek, you can enjoy a well-paced trip in six to eight days. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as five days. For the best itineraries, including Cape Town and Franschhoek, keep reading below.

How many days do you need in Cape Town & Franschhoek?

  • Most travelers spend 6-8 days in Cape Town and Franschhoek combined
  • Visiting Cape Town and Franschhoek in 5 days is possible, but it will feel rushed
  • With 9 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Johannesburg and Kruger National Park

How Many Days to Spend in Cape Town

Recommended Itineraries for Cape Town & Franschhoek

Recommended Itinerary for 6 Days

Spend a day cycling around vineyards and stopping for tastings
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, Explore Cape Town
Day 2 Guided Cape Peninsula Sidecar Tour Cape Town
Day 3 Shark Cage Diving Adventure Cape Town
Day 4 Guided Sea Kayak & Table Mountain Tour Cape Town
Day 5 Guided Bike Tour of the Winelands Franschhoek
Day 6 Depart Cape Town  

Take a peek into the Cape Town scene with this six-day trip. You'll drive out along the coast to the Cape of Good Hope, dive into a great white cage encounter, gaze out from atop Table Mountain, and spin through the famous vineyards of the Cape Winelands before your time is through. Read more

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Extended Itineraries

9-Day Itinerary Including Johannesburg & Kruger National Park

See members of the Big Five during a two-day safari in Kruger National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town, City Tour & Table Mountain Cape Town
Day 2 Full-Day Cape Highlights Tour Cape Town
Day 3 Cheese, Wine & Chocolate Tour in Winelands Franschhoek
Day 4 Free Day in Franschhoek Franschhoek
Day 5 Winelands to Johannesburg, Soweto Tour Johannesburg
Day 6 Johannesburg to Kruger, Big Five Night Drive Kruger National Park
Days 7-8 Safari in the Kruger National Park Kruger National Park
Day 9 Depart Kruger via Johannesburg, Flight Home  

Take nine days to notice a curated list of some of South Africa's nicest spots. Start your adventure in Cape Town, where you can check out the city from atop Table Mountain and get down into its many attractions. Then venture out to the vines of Franschhoek to sample from its renowned cellars before jumping down to Johannesburg for a cultural lesson and dinner. Conclude your trip on a safari through Kruger National Park. Read more

How to travel between Cape Town & Franschhoek

Franschhoek, one of South Africa's oldest towns, is only a 54-mile (87 km) drive from Cape Town. Travelers can rent a car or hire a private transfer to get there. It's also possible to take a train or a bus to Paarl and book a private transfer for the rest of the way. Read more


Map of Cape Town & Franschhoek: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Cape Town & Franschhoek: Best Itinerary Ideas