11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  1​h
1
Krugersdorp
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Colesberg
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
5
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Cape Town
— 3 nights
End: Johannesburg

1
day
Krugersdorp

Krugersdorp ©
Krugersdorp is a mining city in the West Rand, Gauteng Province, South Africa founded in 1887 by Marthinus Pretorius. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Krugersdorp Game Reserve, try your luck at Silverstar Casino, Krugersdorp, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stroll through Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, then let little ones run wild at Nirox Sculpture Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Krugersdorp trip planner.

Johannesburg to Krugersdorp is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In November in Krugersdorp, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Colesberg.

Things to do in Krugersdorp

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

Balloon Rides
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Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve ©
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Balloon Rides
Spas

1
day
Colesberg

Colesberg
Colesberg is a town with 17,354 inhabitants in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, located on the main N1 road from Cape Town to Johannesburg.In a sheep-farming area spread over half-a-million hectares, greater Colesberg breeds many of the country's top merinos. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Colesberg-Kemper Museum.

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Explore your travel options from Krugersdorp to Colesberg with the Route module. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Colesberg

Museums
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1
night
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Camdeboo National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, then examine the collection at Urquhart House Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet online route planner .

Drive from Colesberg to Graaff-Reinet in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
Camdeboo National Park ©
Camdeboo National Park

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 30th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, then stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sardinia Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): try your luck at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, snap pictures at Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge), then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally examine the collection at Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa.

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Traveling by bus from Graaff-Reinet to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, then play a few rounds at Simola Golf, then kick back and relax at Noetzie, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Packwood Wine State, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Circles in the Forest, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilderness National Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Knysna trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Knysna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Noetzie, Wilderness National Park
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Simola Golf ©
Simola Golf

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 4th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Springfontein Wine Estate, kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, play a few rounds at Hermanus Golf Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, then do a tasting at Bouchard Finlayson Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Kleinmond Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus holiday planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

Springfontein Wine Estate, Kleinmond Beach
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater
Kleinmond Beach ©
Kleinmond 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Sandy Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bloubergstrand Beach and Noordhoek Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Strand Beach, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, learn about winemaking at Steenberg Vineyards, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip site .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Strand Beach ©
Strand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

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