20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Lyon
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Knysna
— 3 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
St Lucia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  16​h 30​min
End: Lyon

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails and Ataraxia Wines. We've included these beaches for you: Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve (in Stanford). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and Head underground at Klipgat Caves.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary planning site .

Lyon, France to Hermanus is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Lyon in November: highs in Hermanus hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Stanford, Klipgat Caves, Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
On the 5th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Agulhas National Park, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, then get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and finally make a trip to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cape Agulhas route planner .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas in 2 hours. November in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trip

Agulhas National Park
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Agulhas National Park ©
Agulhas National Park
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B ©
Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Tue), experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, examine the collection at Calitzdorp Museum, then learn about winemaking at Boplaas, then learn about winemaking at Calitzdorp Cellar, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Meiringspoort.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cape Agulhas to Oudtshoorn in 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Meiringspoort
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Featherbed Nature Reserve and Brenton on Sea. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: The Crags (Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon and explore and take pictures at 7 Passes Scenic Drive.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna trip maker site .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Knysna

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

The Crags
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary

2
nights
St Lucia

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Saint Lucia Estuary. Get outdoors at Safaris and Emdoneni Cheetah project. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Heritage Tours & Safaris. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Veyane Cultural Village and buy something for everyone on your list at Mtuba Mall.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our St Lucia journey tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Knysna to St Lucia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Emdoneni Cheetah project, Mtuba Mall, Heritage Tours & Safaris
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Safaris
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Get outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Elephant Whispers. There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit online journey planner .

Getting from St Lucia to Hoedspruit by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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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.
Relax by the water at Boulders Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Clifton Beaches and District Six Museum. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, do a tasting at Groot Constantia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner .

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Cape Town in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in November, things will get little chillier in Cape Town: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

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