17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Kampala
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Sundays River Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h
End: Kampala

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Scarab Village and Cape Palette Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wilderness Beach and Knysna Lagoon. Go for a jaunt from Knysna to Tsitsikamma National Park to see Storms River Suspension Bridge about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Buffalo Bay, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers.

Before you visit Knysna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kampala, Uganda to Knysna is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kampala to Knysna is minus 1 hour. In October, Knysna is little chillier than Kampala - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Sundays River Valley.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness Beach, Cape Palette Art Gallery, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

1
night
Sundays River Valley

Sundays River Valley ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look for gifts at Daniell Cheetah Project, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shamrock Chapel, and then get outside with Wild Dreams Africa.

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You can drive from Knysna to Sundays River Valley in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Sundays River Valley can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Sundays River Valley

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites
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Daniell Cheetah Project ©
Daniell Cheetah Project

2
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
On the 19th (Sat), examine the collection at The Reinet House, then stroll through Valley of Desolation, and then view the masterpieces at Trollip Art Gallery & Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Owl House, look for gifts at Dustcovers, and then view the masterpieces at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Sundays River Valley to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Nieu-Bethesda, Trollip Art Gallery & Studio
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
The Owl House ©
The Owl House

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 21st (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, then explore the galleries of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Apostolic Church, and finally hike along De Hoop Nature Reserve. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church, view the masterpieces at IBIS Gallery, learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, then learn about winemaking at Arabella Wines, and finally stop by Platform 62.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Swellendam road trip planning website .

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Swellendam in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daytime highs in Swellendam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Swellendam

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Ashton, Montagu, Marbrin Olive Growers, De Hoop Nature Reserve
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De Hoop Nature Reserve ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, then explore the striking landscape at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then kick back and relax at Struisbaai Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cape Agulhas trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Swellendam to Cape Agulhas in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

3
nights
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 Voelklip Beach and Grotto Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hermanus Country Market and Lembu Gallery & Studio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). There's more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path and stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

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Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Franschhoek Pass, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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.
Do your shopping at Canal Walk Shopping Centre and Baraka Gifts and Decor. You'll get in some beach time at Bloubergstrand Beach and Boulders Beach. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the exciting artwork at Martin Osner Fine Art Photography Gallery, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip site .

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Chapman's Peak Drive ©
Chapman's Peak Drive

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