31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Robertson
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Swellendam
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: Melbourne

4
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 Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. For shopping fun, head to Funky Vibes or Springfontein Wine Estate. Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in Cape Agulhas), Strandveld Vineyards (in Elim) and Stanford Hills Estate (in Stanford). There's still lots to do: stroll through Voelklip Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, stop by Hemingways of Hermanus, and do a tasting at Bouchard Finlayson Winery.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hermanus vacation builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Hermanus is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Hermanus, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hermanus, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Stanford, Strandveld Vineyards, Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Bo-kaap. Kids will enjoy Old Biscuit Mill and Cape Point. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Franschhoek (Topiary Wines & Lynx Wines) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). There's still lots to do: stroll through Clifton Beaches, enjoy the sand and surf at Muizenberg, browse the eclectic array of goods at Bay Harbour Market The Workshop, and explore and take pictures at Greenmarket Square.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip builder.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Cape Town sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Robertson.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

6
nights
Robertson

Robertson ©
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
IBIS Gallery and Montagu Museum and Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Shop till you drop at Platform 62 and Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Robertson: Montagu (Montagu Farmstall, Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Esona Boutique Wine, do a tasting at Lord's Wines, relax in the rural setting at De Wetshof Estate, and take in nature's colorful creations at Van Loveren Family Cellar.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Robertson travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Robertson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. August in Robertson sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Montagu, McGregor, Platform 62
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Springfield Estate Winery ©
Springfield Estate Winery
Van Loveren Family Cellar ©
Van Loveren Family Cellar

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Magpie Gallery and Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios. Kassiesbaai and Sijnn Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Swellendam's surroundings by going to Inkaroo Jewellery (in Barrydale) and Bredasdorp (The Kapula Gallery, Black Oystercatcher, & more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, stop by Bee Things, take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Marloth Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Swellendam trip planner.

Drive from Robertson to Swellendam in an hour. In August in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Barrydale, Bredasdorp, Kassiesbaai, Sijnn Winery, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kassiesbaai ©
Kassiesbaai

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.
Do your shopping at Jandreart Studio and Metelerkamps. Family-friendly places like Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Plettenvale Wines (in Plettenberg Bay), Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and The Fudgemaster (in George). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and browse the fresh offerings at Harkerville Saturday Village Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna vacation trip planner.

Getting from Swellendam to Knysna by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Swellendam in August, Knysna is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach, The Fudgemaster
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

2
nights
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 28th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre and then look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of Desolation. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, see the interesting displays at The Owl House, then see the interesting displays at The Reinet House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Graaff-Reinet vacation builder.

Drive from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Owl House ©
The Owl House
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

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