18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Durban
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Knysna
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hermanus
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
6
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Graskop
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Nelspruit
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
9
St Lucia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barn Swallow, then stroll through Umhlanga Main Beach, and finally admire all the interesting features of Moses Mabhida Stadium.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Durban trip itinerary planning tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Durban is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, things will get slightly colder in Durban: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Umhlanga Main Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Barn Swallow
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Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Graaff-Reinet Cemetery, stroll through Valley of Desolation, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Independent Colony of Graaff-Reinet, admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, then examine the collection at The Reinet House, and finally see the interesting displays at Old Residency.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Graaff-Reinet online holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Durban to Graaff-Reinet in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
Hester Rupert Art Museum ©
Hester Rupert Art Museum

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 15th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and finally explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. On the next day, stroll through Brenton on Sea, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

3
nights
Cape Town

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Twelve Apostles and Wine Tours & Tastings. Escape the urban bustle at Bloubergstrand Beach and Chapman's Peak Drive. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek (Eikehof & Franschhoek Pass) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's more to do: walk around Green Point Park and Biodiversity Garden and browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Knysna in August, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Chapman's Peak Drive ©
Chapman's Peak Drive

2
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 20th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony, then take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, and then kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Hermanus attractions planner .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Shark Diving
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

2
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
On the 22nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Designs.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hoedspruit in 4 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 and about the same nights in Hoedspruit: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

2
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
On the 24th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window, take a memorable drive along Panorama Route, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and finally explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Lisbon Falls, then don't miss a visit to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga, then admire the sheer force of Mary Shire Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lone Creek Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Graskop trip site .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Graskop by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Graskop can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Sabie, Mpumalanga, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels
Lone Creek Falls ©
Lone Creek Falls

1
night
Nelspruit

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nelspruit online holiday builder .

Drive from Graskop to Nelspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Vidal Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our St Lucia route tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to St Lucia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Cape Vidal Lighthouse ©
Cape Vidal Lighthouse

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