8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Port Elizabeth
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Port Elizabeth

2
days
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 7th (Tue): stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

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Port Elizabeth to Hermanus is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Agulhas.

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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Fernkloof Nature Reserve ©
Fernkloof Nature Reserve

1
day
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then don't miss a visit to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas sightseeing planner.

Drive from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cape Agulhas are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B ©
Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass.

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Drive from Cape Agulhas to Oudtshoorn in 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Knysna.

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Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

3
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Holy Trinity Church and Jandreart Studio. Relax by the water at Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Elephant Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

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Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

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The Crags
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Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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