11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  25​h
Wilderness
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Greyton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Franschhoek
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
Sydney

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days
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, then enjoy the sea views from Cape St Blaize Lighthouse, then examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, and finally identify plant and animal life at Zorgfontein Game Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): get great views at Map of Africa Viewpoint, then get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout, and then see the interesting displays at Outeniqua Transport Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wilderness trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Wilderness is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Wilderness

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mossel Bay, George, Zorgfontein Game Farm
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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
Cape St Blaize Lighthouse ©
Cape St Blaize Lighthouse
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church

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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.
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Traveling by car from Wilderness to Swellendam takes 2.5 hours. In July in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Greyton.

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Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
day
Greyton

Greyton ©
Greyton is a small town in the Overberg area in the Western Cape, South Africa.Early historyBefore Greyton was established in 1854, the verdant plains and forested ravines of the area were home to the Hassequas khoikhoi tribe who had their kraals near the Gobos river, which they named after their ancestral chief. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Millstone Pottery, then learn about winemaking at Tanagra Winery & Distillery, and finally learn about winemaking at Lord's Wines.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Greyton trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Swellendam to Greyton in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Greyton

Wineries Fun & Games Spas

Side Trips

McGregor, SA Forest Adventures
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Lord's Wines ©
Lord's Wines
Millstone Pottery ©
Millstone Pottery
SA Forest Adventures ©
SA Forest Adventures

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hermanus trip planner.

Traveling by car from Greyton to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping
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Hermanus Country Market ©
Hermanus Country Market

2
days
Franschhoek

Franschhoek ©
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 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Huguenot Fine Chocolates, savor the flavors at Eikehof, then experience rural life at Boschendal Manor & Winery, and finally stop by Peregrine Farm Stall. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Lynx Wines and then see the interesting displays at The Franschhoek Motor Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Franschhoek travel planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Franschhoek takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Cape Town.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lynx Wines, Peregrine Farm Stall, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
Lynx Wines ©
Lynx Wines
The Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
The Franschhoek Motor Museum

2
days
Cape Town

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 8th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park and then explore and take pictures at Robben Island.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Cape Town custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Franschhoek to Cape Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Robben Island ©
Robben Island
District Six Museum ©
District Six Museum

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