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:  16​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Swellendam
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Mumbai

4
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 Boschendal Wine Estate. Relax by the water at Clifton Beaches and Boulders Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to The Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and do a tasting at Steenberg Vineyards.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip site .

Mumbai, India to Cape Town is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mumbai to Cape Town. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mumbai in March: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Head to Funky Vibes and The Book Collectorfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Grotto Beach and Stony Point Penguin Colony. When in Hermanus, make a side trip to see Pringle Bay Beach in Pringle Bay, approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, view the masterpieces at Rossouw Modern Art, and stop by Hemingways of Hermanus.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus travel planning website .

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pringle Bay Beach, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

few
hours
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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Swellendam itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Swellendam takes 2 hours. In March in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Swellendam

Museums Shopping
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Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

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 Noetzie and Buffalo Bay for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Brenton on Sea and Knysna Lagoon. Step out of Knysna with an excursion to Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary in The Crags--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve, pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, and explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna driving holiday app .

You can drive from Swellendam to Knysna in 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Noetzie Beach
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Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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