22 days in South Africa Itinerary

22 days in South Africa Itinerary

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22 days in South Africa Itinerary

Dublin
Fly + taxi + bus:  21​h 30​min
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Bredasdorp
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
Dublin

4
days
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.
Visiting Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Brenton on Sea will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Lodestone Wines and Holy Trinity Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Elephant Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, and pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna tour planner

Dublin, Ireland to Knysna is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

The Crags, Wilderness Beach, Elephant Walk Farm Stall
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

3
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Boplaas. Get some cultural insight at De Krans Wines and Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Meiringspoort (in De Rust), Calitzdorp (Calitzdorp Museum & Calitzdorp Cellar) and Fernskloof Wines (in Prince Albert). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Swartberg Pass, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and stroll through De Zeekoe Farm.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn driving holiday planner

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in August, Oudtshoorn is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Fernskloof Wines, Meiringspoort
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

4
days
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. Get some cultural insight at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Strandveld Vineyards. Take a break from the city and head to Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve and Seaside Dunes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bredasdorp: Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in Cape Agulhas), Swellendam (Kunstehuijs Art Gallery & Drostdy Museum) and Barrydale (Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios & Magpie Gallery). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Lord's Wines, get engrossed in the history at Shipwreck Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Millstone Pottery, and steep yourself in history at Kassiesbaai.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bredasdorp trip planner

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Bredasdorp in 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Bredasdorp can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arniston, Cape Agulhas, McGregor, Barrydale, Swellendam
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Kassiesbaai ©
Kassiesbaai
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

4
days
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Raka Wine and Domaine Des Dieux. Escape the urban bustle at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve) and Stanford Hills Estate (in Stanford). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Oneiric Wine Farm, look for gifts at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, and take in the exciting artwork at LEMBU gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip itinerary maker app

Traveling by car from Bredasdorp to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. In August in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Stanford, Oneiric Wines, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

4
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get in touch with nature at Clifton Beaches and Fish Hoek Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Pulpit Rock Wine. Venture out of the city with trips to Spier Wine Farm (in Stellenbosch), Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Boschendal Manor & Winery (in Groot Drakenstein). There's lots more to do: stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach, learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, take a stroll through Bo-kaap, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip website

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Franschhoek Motor Museum, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Vrede en Lust Winery, Spier Wine Farm, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

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