11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  18​h
1
Cape Town
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sun City
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  5​h
4
St Lucia
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
5
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: New Delhi


1
night
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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 4th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Robben Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Cape Town attractions planner.

New Delhi, India to Cape Town is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in January; daily highs in Cape Town reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Robben Island ©
Robben Island

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 6th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, then stroll through Voelklip Beach, and finally stroll through Kwaaiwater.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus travel app .

Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Hermanus are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sun City.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

2
nights
Sun City

Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Pilanesberg National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a splash at Valley of Waves, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take an in-depth tour of Paul Kruger Country House Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sun City online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Sun City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hermanus in January: highs in Sun City hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Sun City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rustenburg
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Zipline
Pilanesberg National Park ©
Pilanesberg National Park
Valley of Waves ©
Valley of Waves

1
night
St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 9th (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the St Lucia online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Sun City to St Lucia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sun City in January since evenings lows in St Lucia dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Tours Parks
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Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Thu), kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Knysna online vacation planner .

Getting from St Lucia to Knysna by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from St Lucia in January; daily highs in Knysna reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

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