13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Minneapolis

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bloubergstrand Beach and Boschendal Wine Estate. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Robben Island. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park). And it doesn't end there: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles, look for gifts at Prins & Prins, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Cape Town, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in December, expect Cape Town to be much hotter, temps between 80°F and 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, West Coast National Park, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, then play a few rounds at Hermanus Golf Club, and then kick back and relax at Pringle Bay Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Pringle Bay Beach
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Pringle Bay  Beach ©
Pringle Bay Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

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 25th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach, and then kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by The Waterfront Knysna Quays, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plettenberg Beach, then stroll through Radical Raptors, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Knysna day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Knysna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Hermanus in December, plan for slightly colder days in Knysna, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

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