48 days in South Africa Itinerary

48 days in South Africa Itinerary

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48 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Swellendam
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Oudtshoorn
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Graaff-Reinet
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Knysna
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

9
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Head to Old Biscuit Mill and Greenmarket Squarefor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Boschendal Manor & Winery. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Bebe's Chocolaterie and Gluten Free Patisserie (in Stellenbosch) and Franschhoek (Topiary Wines & Franschhoek Pass). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, stroll through Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town travel planner.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cape Town, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Riebeek Kasteel, Stellenbosch, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Darling Sweet
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

8
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Strandveld Vineyards. Visit Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas), Stanford Hills Estate (in Stanford) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Funky Vibes, learn about winemaking at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, relax in the rural setting at Klein River Farmstead, and identify plant and animal life at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus tour planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Stanford, Cape Agulhas, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Strandveld Vineyards
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

7
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.
Get outdoors at De Hoop Nature Reserve and Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm. Step off the beaten path and head to Matjiesfontein and Drostdy Museum. Explore Swellendam's surroundings by going to Barrydale (Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, Inkaroo Jewellery, & more), Kassiesbaai (in Arniston) and Montagu (IBIS Gallery & Montagu Farmstall). Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Bontebok National Park. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Platform 62, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Apostolic Church, take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Springfield Estate Winery.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Swellendam travel planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Swellendam takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Swellendam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Robertson, Barrydale, Montagu, Kassiesbaai, Platform 62
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Springfield Estate Winery ©
Springfield Estate Winery

8
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Villa Kruger and Greg Kerr Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Meiringspoort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oudtshoorn: Fernskloof Wines (in Prince Albert), Calitzdorp (Peter Bayly Wines, Boplaas, & more) and Meiringspoort Waterfall (in De Rust). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, and learn about winemaking at Herold Wine Estate.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oudtshoorn vacation builder.

You can drive from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, George, Prince Albert, De Rust, La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
De Krans Wines ©
De Krans Wines

6
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.
You'll explore and learn at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre and Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of Desolation and Mountain Zebra National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Cradock (Cat Conservation Trust & Schreiner House), Nieu-Bethesda (The Owl House & Dustcovers) and Walter Battiss Art Museum (in Somerset East). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk, take in the spiritual surroundings of ANGLICAN ST JAMES CHURCH, and examine the collection at The Reinet House.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Graaff-Reinet takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Nieu-Bethesda, Cradock, Walter Battiss Art Museum
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
The Owl House ©
The Owl House

9
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.
Jandreart Studio and Nelson Bay Cave are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Brenton on Sea will thrill your kids. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to The Crags (Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, & more), Plettenberg Bay (Plettenvale Wines & St Peters Anglican Church) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, stop by Metelerkamps, identify plant and animal life at Featherbed Nature Reserve, and kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Knysna vacation builder.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 31:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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