12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bloubergstrand Beach and Robben Island. Explore hidden gems such as Boschendal Wine Estate and Chapman's Peak Drive. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip builder site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cape Town is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Cape Town. Traveling from Dubai in April, expect nights in Cape Town to be cooler, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and then stroll through Grotto Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony, then look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve ©
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

3
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.
Visit Wilderness Beach and Brenton on Sea for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Holy Trinity Church and St George's Anglican Church. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary), Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Wilderness (Dolphin Point Lookout & Pharoah Art Gallery). It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Knysna trip planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Knysna by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, Storms River Suspension Bridge
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

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