16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  24​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Chicago

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Table Mountain National Park and Robben Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Clifton Beaches and District Six Museum. There's much more to do: stroll through Boulders Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Muizenberg Beach, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and do a tasting at Klein Constantia.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip builder .

Chicago, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Cape Town is 8 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in Cape Town at 81°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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 Wilderness Beach and Wilderness National Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Outeniqua Transport Museum and Holy Trinity Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Plettenberg Beach (in Plettenberg Bay). It doesn't end there: admire the striking features of St Georges Anglican Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip maker site .

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Knysna sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 64°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Swellendam.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Outeniqua Transport Museum
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

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.
On the 21st (Sun), view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Art Gallery. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then do a tasting at Graham Beck Robertson Estate, then relax in the rural setting at Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm, and finally stop by Platform 62.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Swellendam road trip planner .

You can drive from Knysna to Swellendam in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Swellendam are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Robertson, Platform 62
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Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Bontebok National Park ©
Bontebok National Park
Graham Beck Robertson Estate ©
Graham Beck Robertson Estate

3
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 24th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Rupert Museum, then experience rural life at Boschendal Wine Estate, then do a tasting at Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Peter Falke Winery. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Franschhoek Motor Museum, then indulge your taste buds at Eikehof, and then stroll through Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Stellenbosch online route planner .

You can drive from Swellendam to Stellenbosch in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Rupert Museum ©
Rupert Museum
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Eikehof ©
Eikehof

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