17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
St Lucia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Bredasdorp
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary and then stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia trip itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to St Lucia is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Featherbed Nature Reserve and Knysna Lagoon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jandreart Studio and St Georges Anglican Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Elephant Sanctuary). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Knysna itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from St Lucia to Knysna takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): do a tasting at De Krans Wines, examine the collection at Calitzdorp Museum, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass. On your second day here, Head underground at The Cango Caves, then look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and finally experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn vacation builder.

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Calitzdorp
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

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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. On the 26th (Sun), hike along De Hoop Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, and then take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bredasdorp tour planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Bredasdorp takes 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll through Fernkloof Nature Reserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, and then stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip generator.

You can drive from Bredasdorp to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Robben Island. Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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