30 days in South Africa Itinerary

30 days in South Africa Itinerary

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30 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bredasdorp
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Knysna
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
6
St Lucia
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
7
Graskop
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visit Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Table Mountain National Park and Bloubergstrand Beach. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Franschhoek (The Franschhoek Motor Museum & Boschendal Manor & Winery) and !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, do a tasting at Groot Constantia, admire all the interesting features of Cape of Good Hope, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town vacation trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Cape Town. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese, West Coast National Park, !Khwa ttu
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 7:
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get in touch with nature at Grotto Beach and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Graham Beck Robertson Estate and Sumaridge Wine Estate. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Franschhoek (Stony Brook Vineyards, Glenwood Vineyards, & more), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Gansbaai) and Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, learn about winemaking at Raka Wine, relax in the rural setting at Klein River Cheese, and visit a coastal fixture at Danger Point Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Gansbaai, Stanford, Graham Beck Robertson Estate
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Glenwood Vineyards ©
Glenwood Vineyards
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate

2
nights
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. On the 11th (Sat), get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Kapula Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, hike along Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail, then sample the fine beverages at Tanagra Winery & Distillery, and finally learn about winemaking at Lord's Wines.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bredasdorp holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Bredasdorp takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, McGregor, Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve ©
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at De Krans Wines and Arbeidsgenot. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Boplaas and Dutch Reformed Mother Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Mossel Bay (Cape St Blaize Lighthouse & Santos beach), Off-Road & ATV Trails (in Prince Albert) and Zorgfontein Game Farm (in Great Brak River). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves, take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum, admire the sheer force of Meiringspoort Waterfall, and take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn vacation planner.

You can drive from Bredasdorp to Oudtshoorn in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mossel Bay, Calitzdorp, De Rust, Dutch Reformed Mother Church
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
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Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Wilderness Beach and Plettenberg Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Holy Trinity Church and Jandreart Studio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay), Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Wilderness National Park (in Wilderness). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and hike along Garden of Eden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 22:
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Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

4
nights
St Lucia

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.
Explore hidden gems such as iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Alkantstrand Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Saint Lucia Estuary and Heritage Tours & Safaris. Go for a jaunt from St Lucia to Eshowe to see Fort Nongqayi Museum Village about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our St Lucia sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Knysna to St Lucia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Graskop.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Alkantstrand Beach, Fort Nongqayi Museum Village, Heritage Tours & Safaris
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park

4
nights
Graskop

Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
Step off the beaten path and head to Panorama Route and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Whispers and Idube Game Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Graskop: Hoedspruit (Tshukudu Game Lodge & iNyoka Art Gallery), Thornybush Game Reserve (in Kruger National Park) and Safaris (in Hazyview). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Lisbon Falls, steep yourself in history at Shangana Cultural Village, and stroll through Wonder View.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Graskop travel planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from St Lucia to Graskop takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Graskop

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Hoedspruit, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Idube Game Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes

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