10 days in South Africa Itinerary

10 days in South Africa Itinerary

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10 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Chobe National Park
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Chobe National Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, then stroll through Brenton on Sea, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, then kick back and relax at Noetzie, and then kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Knysna day trip planner .

Chobe National Park, Botswana to Knysna is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Noetzie Beach, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): browse the exhibits of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then stroll through Marloth Nature Reserve, and finally stop by Wilderbraam Berry Estate.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Swellendam trip planner .

Drive from Knysna to Swellendam in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Swellendam are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Marloth Nature Reserve ©
Marloth Nature Reserve
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails and Lembu Gallery & Studio will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, and stop by Hermanuspietersfontein Wines.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Swellendam to Hermanus in 2 hours. December in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island Museum and Martin Osner Fine Art Photography Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Biscuit Mill and Chapman's Peak Drive. There's much more to do: stroll through Boulders Beach, identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, and stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

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