16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Abidjan
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Bredasdorp
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Abidjan

3
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.
Visiting Brenton on Sea and Knysna Lagoon will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Jandreart Studio and Holy Trinity Church. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Elephant Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Knysna trip itinerary planner .

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire to Knysna is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Abidjan to Knysna is 2 hours. Traveling from Abidjan in January, things will get slightly colder in Knysna: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass and then explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort, then admire the sheer force of Meiringspoort Waterfall, and then relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Oudtshoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

De Rust
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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

3
nights
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. Museum-lovers will appreciate Drostdy Museum and Kunstehuijs Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: trek along De Hoop Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at De Hoop Whale Trail, take an in-depth tour of Shipwreck Museum, and Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bredasdorp travel planning tool .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Bredasdorp by car takes about 3.5 hours. February in Bredasdorp sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Swellendam, Cape Agulhas, Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
De Hoop Nature Reserve ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve

3
nights
Hermanus

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 5th (Mon): kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Voelklip Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Bredasdorp to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Hermanus sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

3
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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Franschhoek Motor Museum and District Six Museum. Get in touch with nature at Clifton Beaches and Boulders Beach. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip website .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Cape Town are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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