17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  18​h
1
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
4
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: New Delhi

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Get in touch with nature at Featherbed Nature Reserve and Knysna Lagoon. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: 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, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, and admire the striking features of St Georges Anglican Church.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna trip builder website

New Delhi, India to Knysna is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New Delhi to Knysna. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Knysna, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Meerkat Magic. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Santos beach, then stroll through Zorgfontein Game Farm, and then look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn day trip tool

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

De Krans Wines, Santos Beach
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Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

3
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Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Napi Wilderness Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary planner

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Oudtshoorn to Kruger National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in December, you will find days in Kruger National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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4
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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll get in some beach time at Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. Head to Klein River Cheese and LEMBU galleryfor some retail therapy. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve) and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, do a tasting at Sumaridge Wine Estate, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus itinerary maker website

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Hermanus in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stanford, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Biscuit Mill and Clifton Beaches. Visit Boulders Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, look for gifts at Shimansky Jewellers, and take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope.

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Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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