15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly + Drive:  36​h
1
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  35​h
End: Guadalajara

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Swartberg Pass and Fernskloof Wines. Get some cultural insight at De Krans Wines and Calitzdorp Cellar. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Meiringspoort (in De Rust) and Boplaas (in Calitzdorp). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at De Zeekoe Farm, and stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn tour planner.

Guadalajara, Mexico to Oudtshoorn is an approximately 36-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Guadalajara to Oudtshoorn. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, La Chocolaterie Rococo, Meiringspoort, Fernskloof Wines
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Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Holy Trinity Church and Jandreart Studio. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Tsitsikamma National Park), The Crags (Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre & Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Buffalo Bay, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pledge Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Knysna trip planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

3
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 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, then stroll through Voelklip Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, and finally kick back and relax at Grotto Beach. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Stony Point Penguin Colony, then learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hermanus vacation trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Knysna to Hermanus takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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.
Visit Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Groot Constantia. Step out of Cape Town to go to Suider Paarl and see Fairview Wine and Cheese, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, head off the coast to Robben Island, and do a tasting at Klein Constantia.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, 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. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek Motor Museum, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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