15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stop by The Potter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Sanctuary.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna vacation trip planner.

Johannesburg to Knysna is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in October, you will find days in Knysna are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Elephant Sanctuary The Crags ©
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve

1
night
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 28th (Sat), stop by Peter Bayly Wines, explore the galleries of Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café, and then admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Swartberg Pass and then stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Oudtshoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife Shopping Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Calitzdorp
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place ©
Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place
Peter Bayly Wines ©
Peter Bayly Wines

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, browse for treasures at Newly Defined & African Pickers, then take in the exciting artwork at Magpie Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Die Biltong Boetiek. On the next day, look for gifts at Platform 62, look for gifts at Montagu Farmstall, and then take in the exciting artwork at Hicks Art Galllery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Swellendam trip generator.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Swellendam are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Montagu, Platform 62, Magpie Gallery, Newly Defined & African Pickers
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Newly Defined & African Pickers ©
Newly Defined & African Pickers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
On the 1st (Wed), make a trip to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Swellendam to Cape Agulhas in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Agulhas can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll get in some beach time at Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. Explore hidden gems such as Stony Point Penguin Colony and Hermanus Country Market. There's still lots to do: stop by Funky Vibes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and take in the exciting artwork at LEMBU gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Hermanus Country Market ©
Hermanus Country Market
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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.
Head to Old Biscuit Mill and Caroline's Fine Wine Cellarfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Robben Island and Dorp Street. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to The Franschhoek Motor Museum in Franschhoek, about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stroll through Cape of Good Hope, and see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip generator.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franschhoek Motor Museum, Dorp Street
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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