11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Durban
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): look for gifts at Joe's Corner Shop.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Durban trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Durban is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and 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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Durban hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Makiwa Gallery, La Lucia Mall
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Shark Diving
La Lucia Mall ©
La Lucia Mall

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.
On the 12th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, indulge your taste buds at Harkerville Saturday Village Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, then see the interesting displays at The Motorcycle Room, and finally look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Dalene Matthee Memorial.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Durban to Knysna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in September: high temperatures in Knysna hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grotto Beach and Overberg Honey Company. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to Betty's Bay to see Stony Point Penguin Colony about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Lembu Gallery & Studio.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus travel planning website .

Getting from Knysna to Hermanus by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hermanus are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Stanford, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Biscuit Mill and Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Shop till you drop at Neighbourgoods Market and Delos. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles, take in the exciting artwork at Martin Osner Fine Art Photography Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Paul B. Dixon Wildlife Studio.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Cape Town are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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The Old Biscuit Mill ©
The Old Biscuit Mill
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

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