16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Venice
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ceres
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Venice

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night
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town itinerary maker.

Venice, Italy to Cape Town is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Venice in December: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Agulhas National Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cape Agulhas sightseeing planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas by car takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 26th (Tue), you'll travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Agulhas National Park
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Agulhas National Park ©
Agulhas National Park
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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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.
On the 26th (Tue), stop by EyeLove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of St Georges Anglican Church, stroll through Brenton on Sea, and then stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

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

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Knysna takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, cruise along Swartberg Pass, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn travel planner.

Drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, take a memorable drive along Franschhoek Pass, and then relax in the rural setting at Boschendal Manor & Winery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and then stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Stellenbosch travel planner.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Stellenbosch in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Stellenbosch sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ceres.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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Ceres

Ceres ©
Ceres is the administrative centre and largest town of the Witzenberg Local Municipality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): do a tasting at Saronsberg Wine Cellar, don't miss a visit to Old Town Tulbagh, and then explore by horseback at Horse About Trails.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ceres holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Stellenbosch to Ceres takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Ceres

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Tulbagh
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Horse About Trails ©
Horse About Trails
Old Town Tulbagh ©
Old Town Tulbagh

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nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
You've now added Old Biscuit Mill to your itinerary. Explore Cape Town further: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp's Bay Beach, stroll through Llandudno Beach, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cape Town itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ceres to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Lion's Head ©
Lion's Head
Hout Bay ©
Hout Bay
Chapman's Peak Drive ©
Chapman's Peak Drive

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