20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Nottingham Road
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Calitzdorp
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Robertson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Moscow

2
nights
Nottingham Road

Nottingham Road ©
On the 11th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maloti Drakensberg Park, stop by The Wine Cellar, stop by The Ugly Duckling, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then stop by Chocolate Heaven, and finally stop by Monsoon Moon. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at spiral Blue, look for gifts at Piggly Wiggly, then look for all kinds of wild species at Karkloof Conservation Centre, and finally hunt for treasures at Karkloof Farmer's Market.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Nottingham Road tour planner.

Moscow, Russia to Nottingham Road is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Nottingham Road due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Nottingham Road

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Howick, The Wine Cellar, Maloti Drakensberg Park
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The Wine Cellar ©
The Wine Cellar
Maloti Drakensberg Park ©
Maloti Drakensberg Park
Piggly Wiggly Country Village ©
Piggly Wiggly Country Village

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for gifts at Metelerkamps and then get engrossed in the history at Old Gaol and Art Gallery. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, identify plant and animal life at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, identify plant and animal life at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, then do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and finally indulge your taste buds at Harkerville Saturday Village Market.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nottingham Road to Knysna. July in Knysna sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Calitzdorp.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

1
night
Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp ©
On the 16th (Sun), do a tasting at Boplaas, then do a tasting at De Krans Wines, then learn about winemaking at Calitzdorp Cellar, and finally see the interesting displays at Calitzdorp Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Calitzdorp trip builder.

Getting from Knysna to Calitzdorp by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Calitzdorp

Wineries Museums
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De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Calitzdorp Cellar ©
Calitzdorp Cellar
Calitzdorp Museum ©
Calitzdorp Museum

2
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 17th (Mon), look for gifts at Wilderbraam Berry Estate, then take in the exciting artwork at Magpie Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then look for gifts at Bee Things, then stop by Inkaroo Jewellery, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Barrydale Cellar.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Swellendam itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Calitzdorp to Swellendam takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Robertson.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Barrydale
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Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery

2
nights
Robertson

Robertson ©
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Esona Boutique Wine and Lord's Wines. Head to Platform 62 and Montagu Dried Fruit & Nutsfor plenty of shopping. Explore Robertson's surroundings by going to Montagu (Hicks Art Galllery & IBIS Gallery). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Springfield Estate Winery, admire the natural beauty at Van Loveren Family Cellar, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and indulge your taste buds at De Wetshof Estate.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Robertson itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Robertson takes an hour. July in Robertson sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Montagu, Ashton, Lord's Wines
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Springfield Estate Winery ©
Springfield Estate Winery
Van Loveren Family Cellar ©
Van Loveren Family Cellar

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visiting Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Strandveld Vineyards and Stanford Hills Estate. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Funky Vibes, do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux, and indulge your taste buds at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Robertson to Hermanus takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hermanus are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Stanford, Strandveld Vineyards
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate ©
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Old Biscuit Mill. Get outdoors at Clifton Beaches and Cape Point. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Lynx Wines (in Franschhoek), Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Spier Wine Farm (in Stellenbosch). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, admire all the interesting features of Greenmarket Square, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Cape Town sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Spier Wine Farm, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

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