18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  21​h 30​min
1
Langebaan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: London

4
nights
Langebaan

Langebaan ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Coast National Park and The Darling Wine Shop. For shopping fun, head to Gaia Crystals or Darling Sweet. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Tietiesbaai in Paternoster (about 50 minutes away).

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Langebaan itinerary builder.

London, UK to Langebaan is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in October: highs in Langebaan hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Langebaan

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Darling, West Coast National Park, Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Tietiesbaai
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West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Gaia Crystals ©
Gaia Crystals

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
For shopping fun, head to Old Biscuit Mill or Baraka Gifts and Decor. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Point and Clifton Beaches. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, stop by V&A Market on the Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bay Harbour Market The Workshop, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Langebaan to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Funky Vibes and OneLove The Fashion Shack. Step out of the city life by going to Grotto Beach and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, and stop by Quirk & Leopard.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus vacation planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

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 20th (Fri): stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo and then relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Peter Bayly Wines, stop by Watershed, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Shopping Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Peter Bayly Wines, La Chocolaterie Rococo, Watershed, Meiringspoort
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Peter Bayly Wines ©
Peter Bayly Wines
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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 off the beaten path and head to Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Visiting Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Knysna Lagoon will get you outdoors. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea and take a peaceful walk through Garden Route National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Knysna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

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