24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Saint Francis Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Hermanus
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h
Hazyview
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Sydney

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Sanctuary and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Knysna trip planner

Sydney, Australia to Knysna is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. June in Knysna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saint Francis Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

The Crags, Wilderness Beach
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

2
days
Saint Francis Bay

Saint Francis Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Seal Point, play a few rounds at St Francis Bay Golf Club, and then don't miss a visit to Seal Point Lighthouse. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Dolphin Beach, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and then take in the pleasant sights at Two Habours Walk - St. Francis Bay.

For other places to visit and tourist information, use the Saint Francis Bay online day trip planner

Traveling by car from Knysna to Saint Francis Bay takes 2.5 hours. June in Saint Francis Bay sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Saint Francis Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Jeffreys Bay, Seal Point Lighthouse
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Seal Point ©
Seal Point
Seal Point Lighthouse ©
Seal Point Lighthouse
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach

2
days
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 27th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, then pause for some serene contemplation at St James the Great Church, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre, get a new perspective on nature at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, then examine the collection at The Owl House, then sample the tasty concoctions at GRT Brewery, and finally explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Graaff-Reinet online travel route planner

Drive from Saint Francis Bay to Graaff-Reinet in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk ©
Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk

2
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.
On the 30th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and then admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, learn about winemaking at Boplaas, do a tasting at De Krans Wines, then examine the collection at Calitzdorp Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Gallery Route 62 & Coffee Café.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip planner

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Oudtshoorn in 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Calitzdorp
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines

1
day
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas attractions planning website

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas in 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

2
days
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Voelklip Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at LEMBU gallery. On your second day here, stroll through Fernkloof Nature Reserve, then do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux, and then stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus road trip website

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus takes 2 hours. July in Hermanus sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

1
day
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): meet the residents at Elephant Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, and then steep yourself in history at Shangana Cultural Village.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview road trip planner

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hazyview takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hermanus in July, expect nights in Hazyview to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Shangana Cultural Village ©
Shangana Cultural Village
Elephant Sanctuary ©
Elephant Sanctuary

2
days
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, and then look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and then take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit online journey planner

Drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©

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.
Visit Boschendal Manor & Winery and Dorp Street for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Bo-kaap. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Fairview Wine and Cheese in Suider Paarl--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach, explore the activities along Noordhoek Beach, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hoedspruit in July, with highs in Cape Town at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Franschhoek Motor Museum, Dorp Street, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate
The Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
The Franschhoek Motor Museum

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