21 days in South Africa & Canton of Zurich Itinerary

21 days in South Africa & Canton of Zurich Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa & Canton of Zurich Itinerary

Start: George, South Africa
Drive:  1​h
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Cape Agulhas, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Gansbaai, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Hermanus, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
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Kleinmond, South Africa
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
7
Betty's Bay, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  13​h 30​min
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
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Knysna, South Africa
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
13
Wilderness, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
14
George, South Africa
— 1 night
End: George, South Africa

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa

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 27th (Fri), experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then experience rural life at Cango Ostrich Show Farm, and then experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip builder .

George to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. April in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

#Outdoors
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Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Cango Ostrich Show Farm ©
Cango Ostrich Show Farm
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

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Mossel Bay, South Africa

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Zorgfontein Game Farm, see the interesting displays at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, and then kick back and relax at Santos beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mossel Bay online attractions planner .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Santos beach ©
Santos beach
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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Cape Agulhas, South Africa

Cape Agulhas ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Agulhas visit planning tool .

Getting from Mossel Bay to Cape Agulhas by car takes about 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gansbaai.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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Gansbaai, South Africa

Gansbaai ©
Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, then take in the pleasant sights at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gansbaai trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Cape Agulhas to Gansbaai in 1.5 hours. April in Gansbaai sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Gansbaai

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Trails

Side Trip

Stanford
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve ©
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

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Hermanus, South Africa

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 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, then stroll through Fernkloof Nature Reserve, then learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Gansbaai to Hermanus in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kleinmond.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Fernkloof Nature Reserve ©
Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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Kleinmond, South Africa

Kleinmond
On the 3rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Kleinmond Beach and then take in the awesome beauty at Kogelberg Nature Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kleinmond trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Kleinmond takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Betty's Bay.

Things to do in Kleinmond

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Betty's Bay, South Africa

Betty's Bay ©
Betty's Bay is a small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa's Western Cape province. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pringle Bay Beach and then stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Betty's Bay planning app .

Betty's Bay is just a short distance from Kleinmond. In May, daytime highs in Betty's Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Betty's Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Pringle Bay Beach
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, then stroll through Llandudno Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Fish Hoek Beach, then kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, and then experience rural life at Boschendal Wine Estate.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner .

Drive from Betty's Bay to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. May in Cape Town sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Boschendal Wine Estate
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take a stroll through Lindenhof, then admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Limmat.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planning tool .

You can fly from Cape Town to Zurich in 14.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Zurich is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Zurich

#Nature, #Parks, #Neighborhoods
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Limmat ©
Limmat
Lindenhof ©
Lindenhof
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 10th (Thu), contemplate the long history of South Western Townships and then make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Zurich to Johannesburg in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Zurich in May, you will find days in Johannesburg are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Johannesburg

#Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nelson Mandela Square
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South Western Townships ©
South Western Townships
Nelson Mandela Square ©
Nelson Mandela Square

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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Sanctuary, and then stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. On your second day here, make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, then snap pictures at Storms River Suspension Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and finally steep yourself in history at Nelson Bay Cave.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip maker site .

Fly from Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Plettenberg Bay. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tsitsikamma National Park
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Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

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Knysna, South Africa

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 Brenton on Sea and Featherbed Nature Reserve. We've included these beaches for you: Buffalo Bay and Noetzie. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Knysna road trip planning app .

Knysna is very close to Plettenberg Bay. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Wilderness.

Things to do in Knysna

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Noetzie
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve

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Wilderness, South Africa

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
On the 16th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Dolphin Point Lookout, and finally get great views at Map of Africa Viewpoint.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wilderness online trip planner .

You can take a bus from Knysna to Wilderness in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Knysna in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Wilderness. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to George.

Things to do in Wilderness

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Map of Africa Viewpoint ©
Map of Africa Viewpoint
Dolphin Point Lookout ©
Dolphin Point Lookout

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George, South Africa

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): experience rural life at Redberry Farm and then explore the activities along Victoria Bay.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read George trip itinerary builder tool .

George is just a short distance from Wilderness. In May in George, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in George

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks
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Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm
Victoria Bay ©
Victoria Bay

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