8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  22​h 45​min
1
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip planner.

New York City, USA to Knysna is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Knysna. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Knysna hover around 75°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Noetzie
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Noetzie ©
Noetzie

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then admire all the interesting features of Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn driving holiday planner .

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in December, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, then Head underground at Klipgat Caves, then enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach.

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

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Klipgat Caves
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Klipgat Caves ©
Klipgat Caves

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll through Cape Point, then take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at District Six Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, then kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, and finally head off the coast to Robben Island.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town visit planner .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

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