5 days in South Africa Itinerary

5 days in South Africa Itinerary

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5 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
George
— 1 day
Bus:  1 h
2
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Mossel Bay
— Few hours
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Cape Town
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg

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day
George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Montagu Pass Old Toll House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the George trip planner.

Johannesburg to George is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in George can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in George

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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Wilderness Beach
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church
Montagu Pass Old Toll House ©
Montagu Pass Old Toll House

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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.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and finally explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Knysna vacation planner.

You can drive from George to Knysna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Knysna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

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hours
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Janine Iron and Washing Museum and then examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mossel Bay itinerary planner.

Drive from Knysna to Mossel Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Museums
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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): stroll through Voelklip Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hermanus itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mossel Bay to Hermanus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mossel Bay in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hermanus, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

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night
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 29th (Mon), explore and take pictures at Robben Island and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town custom trip planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park