24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  21​h 15​min
1
St Lucia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
7
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the St Lucia itinerary maker.

London, UK to St Lucia is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. On the 4th (Sun), you're off toKnysna.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

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.
Visiting Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Elephant Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Brenton on Sea. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna custom trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from St Lucia to Knysna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Swartberg Pass and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Do some cultural sightseeing at De Krans Wines and Boplaas. Venture out of the city with trips to Safaris (in George), Calitzdorp Museum (in Calitzdorp) and De Rust (Meiringspoort & Meiringspoort Waterfall). The adventure continues: experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, De Rust
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then explore and take pictures at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cape Agulhas trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Cape Agulhas in 4 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step off the beaten path and head to Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Kwaaiwater. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Raka Wine and Sumaridge Wine Estate. Step out of Hermanus to go to Gansbaai and see African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Klein River Cheese, view the masterpieces at LEMBU gallery, play a few rounds at Hermanus Golf Club, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus takes 2 hours. February in Hermanus sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Stanford, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Hermanus Golf Club ©
Hermanus Golf Club
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Eikehof, learn about winemaking at Stony Brook Vineyards, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Rust en Vrede Tasting Room, then do a tasting at Delheim, and then learn about winemaking at Terra Del Capo - Tasting Room.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Stellenbosch vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Stellenbosch takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Stony Brook Vineyards ©
Stony Brook Vineyards
Eikehof ©
Eikehof
Terra Del Capo - Tasting Room ©
Terra Del Capo - Tasting Room

4
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 Twelve Apostles will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Bloubergstrand Beach and Vergelegen Estate. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, take a stroll through Bo-kaap, and kick back and relax at Fish Hoek Beach.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town itinerary planner.

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Cape Town in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

First South African Perfume Museum
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Vergelegen Estate ©
Vergelegen Estate
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
First South African Perfume Museum ©

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