32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

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32 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Durban
bus:  2​h 45​min
1
St Lucia
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
2
Graskop
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Stanford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Robertson
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Barrydale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Calitzdorp
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
11
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Saint Francis Bay
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Durban

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): stroll through iSimangaliso Wetland Park, look for gifts at Canerat Crafts, and then browse the fresh offerings at Zamimpilo Community Market.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our St Lucia road trip planning app .

Durban to St Lucia is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durban in June: highs in St Lucia hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Zamimpilo Community Market
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:
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Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Zamimpilo Community Market ©
Zamimpilo Community Market

2
nights
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
On the 28th (Fri), look for gifts at Delgoa Arts & Crafts and then steep yourself in history at Shangana Cultural Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Panorama Route, take in the dramatic scenery at Berlin Falls, and then stop by Ponieskrantz.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Graskop trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from St Lucia to Graskop in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from St Lucia in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Graskop, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Graskop

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shangana Cultural Village, Ponieskrantz, Berlin Falls
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Africa Silks ©
Africa Silks
Berlin Falls ©
Berlin Falls
Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route

2
nights
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.
On the 30th (Sun), stop by Kumbaya Home Decor and then take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge, and then take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Designs.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit online travel planner .

Drive from Graskop to Hoedspruit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Shopping Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:
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Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge
24 Degrees South ©
24 Degrees South

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Popular historic sites such as Boschendal Wine Estate and Groot Constantia are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fairview Wine and Cheese and Klein Constantia. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Crystal Pools Waterfall Hike, kick back and relax at Fish Hoek Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Cape Town by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hoedspruit in July; daily highs in Cape Town reach 20°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Boschendal Wine Estate, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get outdoors at Voelklip Beach and Kwaaiwater. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kassiesbaai and The Franschhoek Cellar. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Waenhuiskrans Caves (in Arniston) and Franschhoek (Stony Brook Vineyards & Mont Rochelle). Spend the 10th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate and do a tasting at Ataraxia Wines.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus road trip planning website .

Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hermanus are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stanford.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Arniston
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate ©
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

2
nights
Stanford

Stanford ©
On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Stanford Hills Estate, then stop by Overberg Honey Company, and then go for a walk through Phillipskop Mountain Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Stanford trip planner.

Stanford is very close to Hermanus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Robertson.

Things to do in Stanford

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Gansbaai
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:
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Stanford Hills Estate ©
Stanford Hills Estate
Overberg Honey Company ©
Overberg Honey Company

2
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.
On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Farmer Redbeard, view the masterpieces at IBIS Gallery, browse the exhibits of Robertson Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Millstone Pottery, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally learn about winemaking at Rooiberg Wine Cellars.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Robertson trip planner .

Traveling by car from Stanford to Robertson takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Robertson are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Barrydale.

Things to do in Robertson

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trips

McGregor, Farmer Redbeard, IBIS Gallery
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:
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Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve ©
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
Rooiberg Winery ©
Rooiberg Winery
Robertson Art Gallery ©
Robertson Art Gallery

2
nights
Barrydale

Barrydale ©
Barrydale is a village located on the border of the Overberg and Klein Karoo regions of the Western Cape Province in South Africa. On the 15th (Mon), sample the fine beverages at Barrydale Cellar, view the masterpieces at Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, then look for gifts at Inkaroo Jewellery, then look for gifts at Barrydale Hand Weavers, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Barrydale Dutch Reformed Church. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to The Crystal Labyrinth and then stroll through Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Barrydale trip maker website .

You can drive from Robertson to Barrydale in 1.5 hours. July in Barrydale sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Calitzdorp.

Things to do in Barrydale

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
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Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve ©
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
Barrydale Dutch Reformed Church ©
Barrydale Dutch Reformed Church

2
nights
Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place, learn about winemaking at Boplaas, then do a tasting at Calitzdorp Cellar, then stop by Peter Bayly Wines, and finally see the interesting displays at Calitzdorp Museum. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Rooiberg Pass and then take a pleasant ride with Gamka River Safari Co. - Day Rides.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Calitzdorp trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Barrydale to Calitzdorp takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Calitzdorp

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Rooiberg Pass ©
Rooiberg Pass
Calitzdorp Cellar ©
Calitzdorp Cellar
Gamka River Safari Co. - Day Rides ©
Gamka River Safari Co. - Day Rides

2
nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Radical Raptors, and then do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at The Potter, do a tasting at Lodestone Wines, then look for gifts at Newstead Wines Restaurant, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Plettenberg Bay trip planner .

You can drive from Calitzdorp to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Lodestone Wines ©
Lodestone Wines
Plettenvale Wines ©
Plettenvale Wines

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.
Visit Dutch Reformed Mother Church and Holy Trinity Church for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Outeniqua Transport Museum and St Mark's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Wilderness (Dolphin Point Lookout, Wilderness Beach, & more) and Cape St Blaize Lighthouse (in Mossel Bay). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Buffalo Bay, browse the eclectic array of goods at Outeniqua Farmers' Market, and look for gifts at The Waterfront Knysna Quays.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna online trip planner .

Knysna is just a short distance from Plettenberg Bay. In July in Knysna, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

George, Wilderness, Cape St Blaize Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

2
nights
Saint Francis Bay

Saint Francis Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): browse the different shops at Fountains Mall and then tee off at St.Francis Links.

Make your Saint Francis Bay itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Saint Francis Bay takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Francis Bay

Outdoors Golf Wildlife

Side Trip

Fountains Mall
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Seal Point ©
Seal Point
St.Francis Links ©
St.Francis Links
Fountains Mall ©
Fountains Mall

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