20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Hazyview
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7 h
3
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Cape Agulhas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: London

2
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 discover tucked-away gems like Shamwari Game Reserve and Safaris. Change things up with a short trip to Paradise Beach in Jeffreys Bay (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, gain insight at Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, and get your game on at Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Port Elizabeth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in March, things will get much warmer in Port Elizabeth: highs are around 29°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Paradise Beach
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

3
nights
Hazyview

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rottcher Wineries and iNyoka Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (in Hoedspruit) and Lowveld National Botanical Garden (in Nelspruit). There's much more to do: stroll through Elephant Whispers, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and explore the striking landscape at Three Roundavels.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Port Elizabeth to Hazyview in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hoedspruit, Mpumalanga, Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Rottcher Wineries
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Brenton on Sea. St George's Anglican Church and Nelson Bay Cave are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness), Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags). There's much more to do: stroll through Radical Raptors, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hazyview to Knysna in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Hazyview, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Knysna, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach, Suspension Bridge
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Caves, take an in-depth tour of Shipwreck Museum, then make a trip to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Kassiesbaai, get to know the fascinating history of Elim Moravian Mission, then learn about winemaking at Zoetendal Wines, and finally don't miss a visit to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Agulhas road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Cape Agulhas takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Elim, Arniston, Shipwreck Museum
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Zoetendal Wines ©
Zoetendal Wines

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Marbrin Olive Growers and Viljoensdrift. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Goedverwacht Wine Estate (in Bonnievale), Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Swellendam (Marloth Nature Reserve & Drostdy Museum). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, do a tasting at Swallow Hill Vineyard and Winery, browse the exhibits of Originals Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus takes 2 hours. March in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Swellendam, Robertson, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Swallow Hill Vineyard and Winery, Goedverwacht Wine Estate
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Shark Diving

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Franschhoek Motor Museum and Waterford Estate. Fairview Wine and Cheese and Beau Constantia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum & Eikehof), Stellenbosch (Spier Wine Farm & Ernie Els Wines) and Spice Route Destination (in Suider Paarl). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Constantia Glen Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fish Hoek Beach, examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum, and contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip builder site.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

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