11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner

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Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
Fly
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Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Fly

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Cape Town

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get some historical perspective at St. George's Cathedral and Dutch Reform Church. Get in touch with nature at Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon and Platteklip Gorge. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to First South African Perfume Museum in Franschhoek--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach, take a memorable drive along Victoria Road (M6), look for gifts at Baraka Gifts and Decor, and visit a coastal fixture at Old Cape Point Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cape Town online day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Japan, the closest major aiport is Cape Town International Airport. June in Cape Town sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

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Hermanus

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, look for all kinds of wild species at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, and then stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, browse the exhibits of Lembu Gallery & Studio, and then stop by Rossouw Modern.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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Knysna

— 2 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Drupkelders Hiking Trail and then steep yourself in history at Old Timber Shed.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna travel planning website.

Getting from Hermanus to Knysna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Knysna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

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Port Elizabeth

— 2 nights

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Holmeleigh Farmyard, stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Sardinia Bay Beach and then stroll around Londt Park Miniature Railway.

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You can drive from Knysna to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Port Elizabeth when traveling from Knysna in June, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.