11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Orlando
Fly:  32​h
Durban
— Few hours
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
Knysna
— 3 nights
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
Orlando

few
hours
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Durban trip builder.

Orlando, USA to Durban is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Orlando in June, things will get little chillier in Durban: highs are around 75°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Durban

Museums Historic Sites
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Natural Science Museum
West Street Mosque

2
days
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.
On the 26th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Radical Raptors, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church, and then identify plant and animal life at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Wilderness Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Knysna tour planner.

Getting from Durban to Knysna by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in June, things will get little chillier in Knysna: highs are around 65°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, Wilderness Beach
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach
Radical Raptors

2
days
Cape Town

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): examine the collection at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, and then head off the coast to Robben Island.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Town vacation builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Knysna to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in June, Cape Town is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Museums
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Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach
Robben Island

1
day
Stellenbosch

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dutch Reform Church, learn about winemaking at Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, then see the interesting displays at Rupert Museum, then examine the collection at The Franschhoek Motor Museum, and finally experience rural life at Boschendal Manor & Winery.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Stellenbosch itinerary builder.

Drive from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Stellenbosch are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boschendal Manor & Winery, The Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Boschendal Manor & Winery
The Franschhoek Motor Museum
Rupert Museum

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Sammy Marks House and then explore the fascinating underground world of Wild Cave Adventures.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Stellenbosch to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Stellenbosch in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Pretoria, Wild Cave Adventures
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Wild Cave Adventures
Apartheid Museum
Sammy Marks House

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