19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Polokwane
Fly:  10 h
1
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Wilderness
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
4
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Langebaan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h
7
Kimberley
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
End: Polokwane

2
nights
Port Elizabeth

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
On the 14th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Dolphin Beach and then kick back and relax at Sardinia Bay Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth trip planner.

Polokwane to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. In March in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Dolphin Beach
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Safaris
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach
Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists ©

2
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.
On the 16th (Mon), stroll through Brenton on Sea, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay and then kick back and relax at Cola Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Knysna trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Knysna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wilderness.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

2
nights
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach. On your second day here, get great views at Map of Africa Viewpoint and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilderness National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Wilderness travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Wilderness takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Wilderness can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Let the collections at Drostdy Museum and Lembu Gallery & Studio capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Onrus Beach. When in Hermanus, make a side trip to see Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa in Cape Agulhas, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hermanus online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Wilderness to Hermanus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Shark Diving, Drostdy Museum
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

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.
Let the collections at District Six Museum and Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Robben Island Museum and Cape Point. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, admire all the interesting features of Cape Point Ostrich Farm, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town vacation planning app .

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Langebaan.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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District Six Museum ©
District Six Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

2
nights
Langebaan

Langebaan ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at SA Fisheries Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Langebaan Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at West Coast Fossil Park, kick back and relax at Paternoster Beach, and then see the interesting displays at !Khwa ttu.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Langebaan day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Langebaan takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Langebaan

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Paternoster Beach, SA Fisheries Museum, West Coast Fossil Park, !Khwa ttu
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Langebaan Beach ©
Langebaan Beach
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Paternoster Beach ©
Paternoster Beach

2
nights
Kimberley

Kimberley ©
As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
On the 30th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of The Big Hole, then examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Felidae Centre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kimberley day trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Langebaan to Kimberley. When traveling from Langebaan in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Kimberley, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
Magersfontein Battlefield ©
Magersfontein Battlefield

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