20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  27​h
1
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
5
Graskop
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Paris

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bollard Bay and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Holy Trinity Church and St Peters Anglican Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Plettenberg Bay (Horseback Riding Tours & Nelson Bay Cave) and Wilderness (Wilderness National Park, Wilderness Beach, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Radical Raptors, trek along Garden of Eden, and explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Knysna itinerary maker.

Paris, France to Knysna is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Knysna is 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Paris in January: high temperatures in Knysna hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Dutch Reformed Mother Church and Arbeidsgenot. Discover out-of-the-way places like Santos beach and De Krans Wines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: Off-Road & ATV Trails (in Prince Albert), Meiringspoort (in De Rust) and Boplaas Wines (in Calitzdorp). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at C.P Nel Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip generator.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Oudtshoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Dutch Reformed Mother Church, Santos Beach, Meiringspoort
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Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then make a trip to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Agulhas itinerary maker.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas by car takes about 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B ©
Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
We've included these beaches for you: Pringle Bay Beach and Kwaaiwater. Explore hidden gems such as Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Step out of Hermanus with an excursion to Holy Trinity Church in Caledon--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Klein River Farmstead, learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Dieux, view the masterpieces at LEMBU gallery, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Traveling from Cape Agulhas in January, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Hermanus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Graskop.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Pringle Bay Beach, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Klein River Cheese, Holy Trinity Church
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Pringle Bay  Beach ©
Pringle Bay Beach
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

3
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Shangana Cultural Village, then identify plant and animal life at Idube Game Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at Melting Point 1510. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wonder View, then look for all kinds of wild species at Thornbush Game Reserve, and then browse the exhibits of iNyoka Art Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Graskop trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Graskop in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Graskop

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shangana Cultural Village, Idube Game Reserve, iNyoka Art Gallery, Long Tom Pass
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Wonder View ©
Wonder View
Shangana Cultural Village ©
Shangana Cultural Village

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.
Appreciate the collections at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and District Six Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Clifton Beaches and Groot Constantia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Boschendal Manor & Winery (in Franschhoek) and Cape Point (in Simon's Town). There's still lots to do: stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach, kick back and relax at Camp's Bay Beach, don't miss a visit to Dorp Street, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Graskop to Cape Town in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Dorp Street
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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