24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + taxi:  13​h
1
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Knysna
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Zurich

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Grotto Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). There's more to do: browse for treasures at The Book Collector.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Hermanus is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Hermanus due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in November: highs in Hermanus hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fairview Wine and Cheese and Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Platteklip Gorge and Bloubergstrand Beach. Step out of Cape Town to go to West Coast National Park and see West Coast National Park, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, and stroll through Fish Hoek Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Cape Town are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

West Coast National Park, Chapman's Peak Drive, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 18:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Buffalo Bay. Get outdoors at Wilderness Beach and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and The Crags (Birds of Eden & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in November, expect nights in Knysna to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Storms River Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre. Visiting Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Bourkes' Luck Potholes will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Masorini Archaeological Site (in Kruger National Park) and Graskop (Panoramic Route Mpumalanga & Panorama Route). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and view the masterpieces at Ukuthula Designs.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit tour itinerary planning app .

Fly from Knysna to Hoedspruit in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Knysna, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hoedspruit, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Panorama Route
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

4
nights
Nelspruit

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Whispers and Sudwala Caves. Get outdoors at Safaris and Kruger National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nelspruit: Lone Creek Falls (in Sabie) and Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre (in Dullstroom). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit travel route app .

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. When traveling from Hoedspruit in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nelspruit: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre, Safaris, Lone Creek Falls, Elephant Whispers
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

2
nights
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 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read St Lucia trip planner .

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 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

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