22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Agulhas
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
4
Swellendam
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Knysna
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Perth

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do your shopping at Old Biscuit Mill and V&A Market on the Wharf. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Simon's Town (Boulders Beach & Cape Point) and Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town holiday planner.

Perth, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Perth to Cape Town. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Perth in December: highs in Cape Town hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visit Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Take a break from Hermanus with a short trip to Pringle Bay Beach in Pringle Bay, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, stop by Hermanuspietersfontein Wines, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hermanus Country Market, and view the masterpieces at LEMBU gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Pringle Bay Beach
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

1
day
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then don't miss a visit to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cape Agulhas vacation builder.

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas in 2 hours. In December in Cape Agulhas, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

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
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.
For shopping fun, head to Hicks Art Galllery or Inkaroo Jewellery. Let the collections at Drostdy Museum and Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Swellendam side-trips: Platform 62 (in Ashton) and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (in Montagu). Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Bontebok National Park. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery and look for gifts at Bee Things.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Swellendam trip planner.

Getting from Cape Agulhas to Swellendam by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Barrydale, Montagu, Platform 62
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Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Bontebok National Park ©
Bontebok 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 a sense of the local culture at De Krans Wines and Boplaas Wines. Escape the urban bustle at Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Oudtshoorn side-trips: Meiringspoort Waterfall (in De Rust) and Peter Bayly Wines (in Calitzdorp). The adventure continues: cruise along Swartberg Pass, look for gifts at La Chocolaterie Rococo, and take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort Pass.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, De Rust, La Chocolaterie Rococo
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De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Buffalo Bay and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Visiting Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Birds of Eden will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Featherbed Nature Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Garden Route National Park, and kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Knysna itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Knysna, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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