29 days in South Africa Itinerary

29 days in South Africa Itinerary

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29 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Nottingham Road
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Swellendam
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cape Agulhas
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Montreal

4
nights
Nottingham Road

Nottingham Road ©
Take a break from the city and head to Sani Pass and Umhlanga Main Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Wine Cellar and Chocolate Heaven. Step out of Nottingham Road to go to Howick and see Howick Falls, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Piggly Wiggly, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Capture Site, pause for some photo ops at Mandela monument, and take in the awesome beauty at Maloti Drakensberg Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nottingham Road vacation trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Nottingham Road is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Nottingham Road is 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Nottingham Road

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Howick, Umhlanga Main Beach, Maloti Drakensberg Park, The Wine Cellar, Sani Pass
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Sani Pass ©
Sani Pass
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Maloti Drakensberg Park ©
Maloti Drakensberg Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Noetzie. Get in touch with nature at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Brenton on Sea. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Featherbed Nature Reserve, view the masterpieces at Old Gaol and Art Gallery, delve into the lush surroundings at Garden Route National Park, and look for gifts at Metelerkamps.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Knysna itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nottingham Road to Knysna. In March, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Noetzie Beach
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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.
For shopping fun, head to Peter Bayly Wines or Villa Kruger. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Cali Craft & Gems. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: De Rust (Meiringspoort Waterfall, Meiringspoort, & more), Boplaas (in Calitzdorp) and AVOOVA (in Prince Albert). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, identify plant and animal life at Cango Ostrich Show Farm, and look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

De Rust, Calitzdorp, Prince Albert
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Peter Bayly Wines ©
Peter Bayly Wines
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Montagu Museum and Art Gallery and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. Head to Platform 62 and Montagu Dried Fruit & Nutsfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Swellendam: Newly Defined & African Pickers (in Heidelberg), Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (in Montagu) and Riversdale Old Jail / Die Tronk (in Riversdale). There's more to do: look for gifts at Bee Things and take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Swellendam itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam takes 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Montagu, Riversdale Old Jail / Die Tronk, Platform 62, Newly Defined & African Pickers
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Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts ©
Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Newly Defined & African Pickers ©
Newly Defined & African Pickers

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hours
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Agulhas trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Cape Agulhas takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) 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

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at LEMBU gallery and Ataraxia Wines. Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai), Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Funky Vibes, stroll through Kwaaiwater, hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market, and identify plant and animal life at Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Hermanus are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Peregrine Farm Stall, Stony Point Penguin Colony, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Pringle Bay Beach
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll get in some beach time at Clifton Beaches and Llandudno Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Point and Twelve Apostles. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Scarborough Beach in Scarborough, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill, look for gifts at Uwe Koetter, kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Canal Walk Shopping Centre.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip builder.

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Cape Town are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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The Old Biscuit Mill ©
The Old Biscuit Mill
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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