18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Stellenbosch
1
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hermanus
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Port Elizabeth
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Worcester
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Cape Town
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 15 min
9
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): engage your brain at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, then explore the engaging exhibits at Stellenbosch Toy & Miniature Museum, then learn about winemaking at Spier Wine Farm, and finally stroll through Eagle Encounters, Stellenbosch, South Africa. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Boschendal Wine Estate.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Stellenbosch road trip tool.

If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major aiport is Cape Town International Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

few
hours
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 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Grotto Beach and then learn about winemaking at Sumaridge Wine Estate.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate

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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Swellendam online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Swellendam in 2 hours. In February in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Marloth Nature Reserve ©
Marloth Nature Reserve
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Garden Route National Park as well as Garden of Eden. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Garden of Eden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna visit planner.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Knysna takes 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

4
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hobie Beach and Sardinia Bay Beach. Visit King's Beach and Paradise Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Port Elizabeth side-trips: Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown) and Dolphin Beach (in Jeffreys Bay). The adventure continues: stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve, try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Knysna to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Port Elizabeth are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jeffreys Bay, Cathedral of St Michael and St George
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch and then explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Worcester.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Greg Kerr Art Gallery
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Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
St Jude's Anglican Church ©
St Jude's Anglican Church

1
night
Worcester

Worcester ©
Worcester is a town in the Western Cape, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Karoo Desert Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Worcester tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Worcester in 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Worcester are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Cape Town.

Things to do in Worcester

Parks
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Karoo Desert Garden ©
Karoo Desert Garden

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 1st (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and then wander the streets of Bo-kaap.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip app.

Drive from Worcester to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. In March in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wineries
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Two Oceans Aquarium ©
Two Oceans Aquarium
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bitou Art Gallery and Dutch Reformed Church. Take a break from Tsitsikamma National Park with a short trip to Natures Valley Beach in Nature's Valley, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Suspension Bridge, hike along Waterfall Trail, stroll through Otter Trail, and make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsitsikamma National Park route planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Tsitsikamma National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dutch Reformed Church, Natures Valley Beach
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Natures Valley Beach ©
Natures Valley Beach
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail

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