15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Swellendam
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Knysna
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

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.
Visit Clifton Beaches and Muizenberg for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Cape Point and Bloubergstrand Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: The Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, do a tasting at Groot Constantia, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cape Town holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Cape Town. August in Cape Town sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fairview Wine and Cheese, Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

2
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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Do your shopping at Hemingways of Hermanus and LEMBU gallery. Visiting Grotto Beach and Fernkloof Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Step out of Hermanus with an excursion to Stony Point Penguin Colony in Betty's Bay--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Funky Vibes, experience rural life at Klein River Cheese, do a tasting at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, and look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hermanus trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Hermanus are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, then take in the exciting artwork at Magpie Gallery, and finally browse for treasures at Newly Defined & African Pickers. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, learn about winemaking at Springfield Estate Winery, savor the flavors at Esona Boutique Wine, look for gifts at Platform 62, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mildred's Chapelry, and finally view the masterpieces at IBIS Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Swellendam vacation planner.

Drive from Hermanus to Swellendam in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Robertson, Barrydale, Montagu, Newly Defined & African Pickers, Platform 62
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Springfield Estate Winery ©
Springfield Estate Winery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

2
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Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, explore the galleries of First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre, see the interesting displays at The Owl House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at ANGLICAN ST JAMES CHURCH. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Reinet House and then identify plant and animal life at Valley of Desolation.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Graaff-Reinet itinerary maker.

You can drive from Swellendam to Graaff-Reinet in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Kids will enjoy Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Oudtshoorn (Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, Safari Ostrich Show Farm, & more) and The Crags (Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Elephant Sanctuary, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Brenton on Sea, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, stop by Metelerkamps, and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Knysna holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna takes 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Oudtshoorn
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

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