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
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hermanus
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Graskop
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

1
night
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 4th (Sun): pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, and finally explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and then look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Knysna trip itinerary tool .

Mumbai, India to Knysna is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in August: high temperatures in Knysna hover around 21°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fairview Wine and Cheese and Old Biscuit Mill. Step out of the city life by going to Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island Museum. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles, stroll through Signal Hill, and look for gifts at Uwe Koetter Jewellers.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online travel route planner .

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in August, Cape Town is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visiting Shark Diving and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and The Book Collector. Step out of Hermanus to go to Betty's Bay and see Stony Point Penguin Colony, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus road trip site .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Graskop.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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day
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, cruise along Panorama Route, then look for gifts at Africa Silks, and finally make a trip to Panoramic Route Mpumalanga.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Graskop trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Graskop in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and car. When traveling from Hermanus in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Graskop, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping

Side Trip

Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Wonder View ©
Wonder View

2
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, then stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, and then stop by Kumbaya Home Decor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hoedspruit, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Graskop to Hoedspruit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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