15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
1
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Dammam

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Nelson Bay Cave (in Plettenberg Bay). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, stop by Peggy's African Art and Tours, pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip generator.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Knysna is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dammam in August, expect Knysna to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

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

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 24th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and then cruise along Swartberg Pass. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort and then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip builder.

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Meiringspoort
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Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, then stop by Die Biltong Boetiek, and finally look for gifts at Wilderbraam Berry Estate.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Swellendam trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Swellendam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums
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Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Wilderbraam Berry Estate ©
Wilderbraam Berry Estate

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
For shopping fun, head to Hemingways of Hermanus or Funky Vibes. Visiting Grotto Beach and Fernkloof Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. When in Hermanus, make a side trip to see Stony Point Penguin Colony in Betty's Bay, approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, stop by The Book Collector, and explore the galleries of LEMBU gallery.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Hermanus travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Swellendam to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate ©
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

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.
Get in touch with nature at Clifton Beaches and Bloubergstrand Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Biscuit Mill and Franschhoek Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Het Vlock Casteel (in Riebeek Kasteel) and Darling (Darling Sweet & Darling Olives).

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Cape Town sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Darling, Het Vlock Casteel, Franschhoek Pass
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

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