16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  23​h
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Nelspruit
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
5
St Lucia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Knysna
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Toronto

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.
Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Twelve Apostles. Change things up with a short trip to West Coast National Park in West Coast National Park (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, stroll through Signal Hill, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary maker website .

Toronto, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Cape Town, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Toronto in September, with highs in Cape Town at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

West Coast National Park
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park

2
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): Head underground at Klipgat Caves and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus visit planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Klipgat Caves, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Shark Diving
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

2
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
On the 5th (Sat), stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and then stop by Kumbaya Home Decor. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hoedspruit in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Hermanus, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hoedspruit, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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1
night
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
On the 7th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in October: highs in Nelspruit hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©

2
nights
St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 8th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Heritage Tours & Safaris.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read St Lucia online visit planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to St Lucia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Veyane Cultural Village ©
Veyane Cultural Village

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Garden Route National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. Visiting Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Wilderness Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Birds of Eden (in The Crags). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Knysna online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Knysna takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Storms River Suspension Bridge, Wilderness Beach
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

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