13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  18​h
1
Franschhoek
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Knysna
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: New Delhi

1
night
Franschhoek

Franschhoek
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
On the 25th (Tue), cruise along Franschhoek Pass, then examine the collection at The Franschhoek Motor Museum, then experience rural life at Boschendal Wine Estate, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Dorp Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, get curious at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Franschhoek road trip tool .

New Delhi, India to Franschhoek is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New Delhi to Franschhoek due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Franschhoek. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Bloubergstrand Beach, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Dorp Street ©
Dorp Street

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Voelklip Beach and Kwaaiwater. Get outdoors at Fernkloof Nature Reserve and Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Strandveld Vineyards (in Elim), Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Hermanus trip planner .

You can drive from Franschhoek to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Strandveld Vineyards, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

2
nights
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Calitzdorp Museum, take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and then relax in the rural setting at Cango Ostrich Show Farm.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn online road trip planner .

You can drive from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hermanus in December: highs in Oudtshoorn hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Calitzdorp Museum
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Calitzdorp Museum ©
Calitzdorp Museum
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bollard Bay and Noetzie. Let the collections at Jandreart Studio and The Motorcycle Room capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Elephant Sanctuary). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, stroll through Brenton on Sea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Knysna trip simple and quick.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Noetzie Beach
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Noetzie Beach ©
Noetzie Beach
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Bollard Bay ©
Bollard Bay

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