13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Robertson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Metelerkamps, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Knysna trip builder.

Mumbai (Bombay), India to Knysna is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In July, Knysna is colder than Mumbai (Bombay) - with highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios and then take in the exciting artwork at Magpie Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Swellendam itinerary builder.

Drive from Knysna to Swellendam in 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Knysna in July since evenings lows in Swellendam dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Robertson.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Barrydale
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Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

2
nights
Robertson

Robertson ©
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stop by Platform 62, view the masterpieces at IBIS Gallery, do a tasting at Arabella Wines, then do a tasting at Marbrin Olive Growers, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Esona Boutique Wine. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Springfield Estate Winery, then do a tasting at Lord's Wines, and then do a tasting at Graham Beck Robertson Estate.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Robertson vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Swellendam to Robertson in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Ashton, Lord's Wines, IBIS Gallery
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Springfield Estate Winery ©
Springfield Estate Winery
Esona Boutique Wine Estate ©
Esona Boutique Wine Estate

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for gifts at Funky Vibes, learn about winemaking at Stanford Hills Estate, and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach. On your second day here, look for gifts at OneLove The Fashion Shack, then savor the flavors at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, and then look for gifts at The Book Collector.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hermanus itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Robertson to Hermanus takes 2 hours. In July in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Wineries Beaches

Side Trip

Stanford Hills Estate
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate ©
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate
Stanford Hills Estate ©
Stanford Hills Estate

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach and Table Mountain National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Biscuit Mill and The Franschhoek Motor Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Fairview Wine and Cheese in Suider Paarl (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Robben Island, do a tasting at Klein Constantia, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fairview Wine and Cheese, Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

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