11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Perth

2
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Port Elizabeth driving holiday planner .

Perth, Australia to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Port Elizabeth is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Perth in January, plan for slightly colder days in Port Elizabeth, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

1
night
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Addo Elephant National Park road trip planning app .

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Addo Elephant National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Platteklip Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles, then take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, and finally step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum. On your second day here, get great views at Cape Point, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, and then trek along Helderberg Nature Reserve.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Town sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Addo Elephant National Park to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Helderberg Nature Reserve ©
Helderberg Nature Reserve

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Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Meerkat Magic, then relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then admire the sheer force of Meiringspoort Waterfall, and finally take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, do a tasting at Karusa Vineyards, then do a tasting at De Krans Wines, and finally cruise along Robinson Pass.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in January, plan for slightly colder days in Oudtshoorn, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

De Rust, De Krans Wines
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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Robinson Pass ©
Robinson Pass

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Gerickes Point, kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, then kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Simola Golf, then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally stroll through Radical Raptors.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna journey planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Gerickes Point ©
Gerickes Point
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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