14 days in South Africa Itinerary

14 days in South Africa Itinerary

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14 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  28​h
End: Calgary

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Clifton Beaches and High Constantia Wine Cellar. Get some historical perspective at Boschendal Wine Estate and Robben Island. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see The Franschhoek Motor Museum in Franschhoek, approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, and stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip planning site .

Calgary, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Cape Town is 9 hours. In December, Cape Town is much hotter than Calgary - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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.
On the 8th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then relax in the rural setting at Cango Ostrich Show Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Swartberg Pass, relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Oudtshoorn: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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.
Visiting Brenton on Sea and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park will get you outdoors. Visit Noetzie and Buffalo Bay for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Plettenvale Wines (in Plettenberg Bay). There's lots more to do: stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at Bollard Bay, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Knysna trip builder .

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Noetzie Beach
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get outdoors at Grotto Beach and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse in Cape Agulhas (about 1h 25 min away). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach and stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Knysna to Hermanus in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hermanus are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

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