18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Durban
— 2 nights
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Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive
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Knysna
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Durban — 2 nights

Surf City

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 14th (Mon): explore the galleries of Africa Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Umdloti Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, browse the different shops at Watercrest Mall, stroll through Umhlanga Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Durban online trip builder.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Durban is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dammam to Durban is minus 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Durban are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly to Port Elizabeth.
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Port Elizabeth — 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hobie Beach, stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, then stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and finally sample some tasty brews at Into Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in November, expect Port Elizabeth to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Knysna.
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Knysna — 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Garden Route National Park and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Buffalo Bay and Robberg Nature Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Wilderness (Half Collared Kingfisher Trail & Parasailing & Paragliding), Ocean Safaris (in Plettenberg Bay) and Birds of Eden (in The Crags). There's lots more to do: tee off at Simola Golf, trek along Garden of Eden, look for gifts at Eye Love, and stroll through Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Knysna road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Knysna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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 23rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, then stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, and then learn about winemaking at Springfontein Wine Estate. On your second day here, do a tasting at Creation, learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines, then learn about winemaking at Bouchard Finlayson Winery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus holiday app.

You can fly from Knysna to Hermanus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Knysna in November, expect nights in Hermanus to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Cape Town.
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Cape Town — 6 nights

Mother City

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 Franschhoek Motor Museum and Chapman's Peak Drive. Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Bloubergstrand Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Delaire Graff Estate (in Stellenbosch) and Lynx Wine (in Franschhoek). And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with Pisces Divers, learn about winemaking at Beau Constantia, indulge your taste buds at African Story Wine Tours, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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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.
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