11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Durban
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Knysna
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Durban

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Boschendal Wine Estate and Robben Island. Step out of the city life by going to Bloubergstrand Beach and Boulders Beach. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see The Franschhoek Motor Museum in Franschhoek, approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Cape Town tour itinerary site .

Berlin, Germany to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like LEMBU gallery and Raka Wine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grotto Beach and Hemingways of Hermanus. When in Hermanus, make a side trip to see African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, stop by The Book Collector, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and do a tasting at Sumaridge Wine Estate.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Raka Wine, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate
Hermanus Country Market ©
Hermanus Country Market

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bollard Bay and Knysna Elephant Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Holy Trinity Church and Nelson Bay Cave. Venture out of the city with trips to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Plettenberg Beach (in Plettenberg Bay). There's more to do: stroll through Radical Raptors and look for gifts at The Waterfront Knysna Quays.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Knysna trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hermanus to Knysna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Hermanus in December, plan for little chillier days in Knysna, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Bollard Bay ©
Bollard Bay

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