15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Knysna
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hermanus
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
6
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Mumbai

1
day
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
On the 12th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa, snap pictures at Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge), then look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and finally explore the galleries of Ron Belling Art Gallery.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth road trip planning website .

Mumbai, India to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mumbai to Port Elizabeth due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mumbai in August, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Port Elizabeth: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Museums Shopping
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Ron Belling Art Gallery ©
Ron Belling Art Gallery
Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists ©

1
night
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): hike along Otter Trail, then snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, then view the masterpieces at Bitou Art Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tsitsikamma National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Tsitsikamma National Park, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Bitou Art Gallery ©
Bitou Art Gallery
Storms River Suspension Bridge ©
Storms River Suspension Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at The Motorcycle Room, look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then view the masterpieces at Scarab Village, and finally hunt for treasures at Mosaic Outdoor Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Knysna trip website .

You can drive from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Jandreart Studio ©
Jandreart Studio
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Let the collections at District Six Museum and Martin Osner Fine Art Photography Gallery capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island Museum and Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Greenmarket Square, buy something for everyone on your list at Cape Quarter Mall, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, and stroll through Platteklip Gorge.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip app .

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Knysna in August, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look and learn at Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then take in the exciting artwork at Originals Gallery. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Soldiers Memorial Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Village Square, then browse the exhibits of Lembu Gallery & Studio, and finally look for gifts at Overberg Honey Company.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hermanus using our trip planner.

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. In August, daytime highs in Hermanus are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Overberg Honey Company
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Overberg Honey Company ©
Overberg Honey Company
Shark Diving
Lembu Gallery & Studio ©
Lembu Gallery & Studio

3
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Lonely Bull Trail. Let the collections at Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery capture your imagination. Step out of Kruger National Park to go to Hoedspruit and see Kumbaya Home Decor, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Kruger National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Hermanus in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kruger National Park, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hoedspruit
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

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