8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Drive
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Franschhoek
— 1 day
Drive
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Hermanus
— 1 night
Fly
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Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
Drive
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Clarens
— 1 night
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Taxi to Bethlehem, Bus to Bloemfontein, Fly to Cape Town

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Franschhoek

— 1 day

Food and Wine Capital of South Africa

Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, then examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, then learn about winemaking at Eikehof, and finally take a memorable drive along Franschhoek Pass.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Franschhoek trip itinerary site.

Cape Town to Franschhoek is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Franschhoek can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wineries · Museums

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Hermanus

— 1 night
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, and then look for gifts at PROVENANCE Essential Skincare.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip planner.

You can drive from Franschhoek to Hermanus in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Knysna

— 4 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 Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Buffalo Bay. Visiting Circles in the Forest and Simola Golf will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Knysna trip maker.

You can fly from Hermanus to Knysna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Graaff-Reinet

— 1 night
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
On the 26th (Sat), examine the collection at The Reinet House and then stroll through Valley of Desolation.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Graaff-Reinet online trip planner.

Getting from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Clarens.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Wildlife · Parks · Museums
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Clarens

— 1 night
Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State". Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for gifts at The Ugly Duckling, then view the masterpieces at Tobias Art, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Clarens Brewery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Clarens sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Clarens takes 7.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Clarens are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Clarens

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Museums
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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.