10 days in South Africa Itinerary

10 days in South Africa Itinerary

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10 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Lyon
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Hermanus
— 1 day
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
2
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Knysna
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  16​h 30​min
End: Lyon

1
day
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 11th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, and then go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path.

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Lyon, France to Hermanus is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lyon to Hermanus. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Lyon in February, with highs in Hermanus at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path

1
day
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
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 12th (Tue), indulge your thirst for a good beer at GRT Brewery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, and then see the interesting displays at The Reinet House.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet travel route planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hermanus to Graaff-Reinet in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

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day
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): trek along Otter Trail and then take in the views from Storms River Suspension Bridge.

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Getting from Graaff-Reinet to Tsitsikamma National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Otter Trail ©
Otter Trail
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Buffalo Bay, stop by Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, and then kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore hidden gems such as Chapman's Peak Drive and South African Jewish Museum. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape of Good Hope, steep yourself in history at Robben Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town route planner .

Getting from Knysna to Cape Town by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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