18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Bredasdorp
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Jeddah

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 Bollard Bay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Noetzie. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Elephant Sanctuary) and Plettenvale Wines (in Plettenberg Bay). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna online tour planner

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Knysna is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeddah to Knysna due to the time zone difference. In December, Knysna is slightly colder than Jeddah - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Noetzie Beach
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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 17th (Sun): experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort, admire the sheer force of Meiringspoort Waterfall, and then relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

To find out how to plan a trip to Oudtshoorn, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Oudtshoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

De Rust
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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Caves and then hike along De Hoop Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, and then explore and take pictures at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bredasdorp trip itinerary planning site

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Bredasdorp by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arniston, Cape Agulhas, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus trip website

Drive from Bredasdorp to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hermanus are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Clifton Beaches and Cape Point Ostrich Farm. Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach and Table Mountain National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape of Good Hope, head off the coast to Robben Island, take a stroll through Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town road trip planner

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

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