23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Brussels

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.
Visiting Clifton Beaches and Muizenberg Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bloubergstrand Beach and Groot Constantia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Topiary Wines (in Wemmershoek), Boschendal Manor & Winery (in Groot Drakenstein) and Franschhoek (The Franschhoek Motor Museum & Franschhoek Pass). The adventure continues: examine the collection at District Six Museum, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Town online day trip planner

Brussels, Belgium to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Cape Town: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

5
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.
Get outdoors at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Holy Trinity Church and St Georges Anglican Church. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: The Crags (Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Elephant Sanctuary, & more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, and view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Knysna online route planner

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Knysna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swartberg Pass and Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Take a break from the city and head to Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and Meiringspoort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Calitzdorp (Boplaas, De Krans Wines, & more), Meiringspoort Waterfall (in De Rust) and Greg Kerr Art Gallery (in Prince Albert). It doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm and stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn day trip tool

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, De Rust, Greg Kerr Art Gallery, La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grotto Beach and Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Shark Diving (in Gansbaai) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Dieux.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip maker tool

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, Shark Diving
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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