18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  16​h
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
4
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  18​h
End: Mumbai

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Boschendal Wine Estate and The Franschhoek Motor Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Clifton Beaches and Noordhoek Beach. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Fairview Wine and Cheese in Suider Paarl, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach, kick back and relax at Fish Hoek Beach, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Crystal Pools Waterfall Hike.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner .

Mumbai, India to Cape Town is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mumbai to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in August; daily highs in Cape Town reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

The Franschhoek Motor Museum, Boschendal Wine Estate, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

2
nights
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 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, view the masterpieces at Lembu Gallery & Studio, do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux, then take in the pleasant sights at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, and finally do a tasting at Raka Wine. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, learn about winemaking at Sumaridge Wine Estate, and then do a tasting at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Stanford
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve ©
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

3
nights
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.
On the 25th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail and then trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Lonely Bull Trail, then stroll through Napi Wilderness Trail, and then make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Kruger National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hermanus in August: highs in Kruger National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Wildlife
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Tshokwane Picnic Site ©
Tshokwane Picnic Site

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Wilderness National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Lodestone Wines and Holy Trinity Church. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness), Porcupine Ceramics (in The Crags) and Plettenberg Bay (St Peters Anglican Church & Plettenvale Wines). There's much more to do: stroll through Radical Raptors, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, and explore the galleries of Scarab Village.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Kruger National Park to Knysna takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kruger National Park in August: highs in Knysna hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

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 1st (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort, do a tasting at Boplaas, learn about winemaking at De Krans Wines, then see the interesting displays at Calitzdorp Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, stroll through De Zeekoe Farm, and then get engrossed in the history at C.P Nel Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Oudtshoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Oudtshoorn, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Wineries

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Meiringspoort
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Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines

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