22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  25​h
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Kimberley
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Calitzdorp
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Swellendam
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Charlotte

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Shop till you drop at Old Biscuit Mill and Alon Shina - African Designs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Boschendal Wine Estate. Change things up with a short trip to Fairview Wine and Cheese in Suider Paarl (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Cape of Good Hope, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

For reviews and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town journey maker tool .

Charlotte, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in July; daily highs in Cape Town reach 63°F and lows reach 45°F. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at William Humphreys Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at McGregor Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Big Hole Kimberley, and finally examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): get outside with Felidae Centre, view the masterpieces at Duggan Cronin Gallery, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Magersfontein Battlefield.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimberley trip itinerary app .

Explore your travel options from Cape Town to Kimberley with the Route module. Traveling from Cape Town in July, Kimberley is little chillier at night with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Shopping Parks
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Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
McGregor Museum ©
McGregor Museum

2
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): look for gifts at Dustcovers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Owl House, then examine the collection at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, and finally view the masterpieces at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet road trip planner.

You can drive from Kimberley to Graaff-Reinet in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Calitzdorp.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©

4
nights
Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp ©
Get outdoors at Swartberg Pass and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. For shopping fun, head to Karoo Vine or Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café. Explore Calitzdorp's surroundings by going to Oudtshoorn (Cali Craft & Gems, La Chocolaterie Rococo, & more).

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Calitzdorp travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Calitzdorp takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Calitzdorp

Shopping Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn, Karoo Vine, La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Karoo Vine ©
Karoo Vine
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Calitzdorp Museum ©
Calitzdorp Museum

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kunstehuijs Art Gallery and Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church. Step out of the city life by going to Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve and De Wetshof Estate. Get out of town with these interesting Swellendam side-trips: Kassiesbaai (in Arniston), Newly Defined & African Pickers (in Heidelberg) and Barrydale (Inkaroo Jewellery & Barrydale Hand Weavers). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, stop by Bee Things, view the masterpieces at IBIS Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Hicks Art Galllery.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Swellendam driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Calitzdorp to Swellendam takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Swellendam are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montagu, Barrydale, Arniston, De Wetshof Estate, Newly Defined & African Pickers
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:
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Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve ©
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

2
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Raka Wine and LEMBU gallery. The adventure continues: stop by Funky Vibes, do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux, and view the masterpieces at Rossouw Modern Art Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Raka Wine
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:
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Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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