48 days in South Africa Itinerary

48 days in South Africa Itinerary

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48 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Drive:  180​h 15​min
1
Machadodorp
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 30​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Knysna
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Graaff-Reinet
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Swellendam
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bredasdorp
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cape Town
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Machadodorp

Machadodorp ©
Machadodorp, also known by its official name eNtokozweni, is a small town situated near the edge of the escarpment in the Mpumalanga province, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Resort. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at The Rock Shop, sample the tasty concoctions at Anvil Ale Brewery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dullstroom Bird Of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Krugerhof Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Machadodorp trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Machadodorp is an approximately 82-hour journey. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Machadodorp is 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Amsterdam in February: high temperatures in Machadodorp hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Machadodorp

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Dullstroom, Krugerhof Museum
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
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Krugerhof Museum ©
Krugerhof Museum
Anvil Ale Brewery ©
Anvil Ale Brewery

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Swartberg Pass and Santos beach. Visit Dutch Reformed Mother Church and St Mark's Cathedral for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Off-Road & ATV Trails (in Prince Albert), Meiringspoort Waterfall (in De Rust) and Cape St Blaize Lighthouse (in Mossel Bay). The adventure continues: Head underground at The Cango Caves, stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, look for all kinds of wild species at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort Pass.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Machadodorp to Oudtshoorn with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

George, De Rust, Mossel Bay
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:
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Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Holy Trinity Church and Nelson Bay Cave are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Robberg Nature Reserve and Bollard Bay. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to St Peters Anglican Church (in Plettenberg Bay), The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Birds of Eden) and Wilderness (Wilderness National Park & Wilderness Beach). There's lots more to do: stroll through Noetzie, identify plant and animal life at Radical Raptors, take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, and get a dose of the wild on Knysna Elephant Park.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna itinerary builder.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Noetzie Beach
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 6:
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Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park

4
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.
Visit Dutch Reformed Church, Groot Kerk and St James the Great Church for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valley of Desolation and Mountain Zebra National Park. Change things up with a short trip to The Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Reinet House and admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Graaff-Reinet trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Mountain Zebra National Park, The Owl House
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Drostdy Museum and Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios. Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery and IBIS Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Montagu (Montagu Nature Garden, Locarno Sun Dried Fruit, & more), Breede River Houseboat Hire (in Malagas) and Robertson (Esona Boutique Wine, Graham Beck Robertson Estate, & more). Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Bontebok National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Swellendam vacation trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Graaff-Reinet to Swellendam. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Montagu, Robertson, Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios, Breede River Houseboat Hire
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:
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Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Bontebok National Park ©
Bontebok National Park
Montagu Nature Garden ©
Montagu Nature Garden

4
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. Take a break from the city and head to De Hoop Nature Reserve and The Tradouwspass. Visit Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Kassiesbaai for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bredasdorp: Arniston (Seaside Dunes & Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve) and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at De Mond Nature Reserve, view the masterpieces at The Kapula Gallery, don't miss a visit to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B, and get engrossed in the history at Shipwreck Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bredasdorp trip generator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Swellendam to Bredasdorp. In March in Bredasdorp, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Arniston, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, The Tradouwspass
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:
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De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
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.
Let the collections at Gretha Quinlan Gallery & Candle Shop and LEMBU gallery capture your imagination. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Stanford), Holy Trinity Church (in Caledon), Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass, Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, & more), Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, do a tasting at Ataraxia Wines, and hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hermanus trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Bredasdorp to Hermanus with the Route module. In March in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Holy Trinity Church
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 24:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

8
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Let the collections at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and South African Jewish Museum capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Clifton Beaches and Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Scarborough Beach (in Scarborough), Simon's Town (Cape Point & Boulders Beach), Boschendal Manor & Winery (in Franschhoek), The Village Museum (in Stellenbosch), Noordhoek Beach (in Noordhoek) and Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park). And it doesn't end there: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Llandudno Beach, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, The Stellenbosch Village Museum, Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Find places to stay Mar 24 — Apr 1:
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

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