8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Knysna
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Calitzdorp
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

1
day
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 30th (Fri), look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers, enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Knysna trip itinerary maker app .

Nairobi, Kenya to Knysna is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nairobi to Knysna due to the time zone difference. In August, Knysna is a bit cooler than Nairobi - with highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Calitzdorp.

Things to do in Knysna

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1
night
Calitzdorp

Calitzdorp ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Rooiberg Pass, relax in the rural setting at Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm, then look for gifts at Peter Bayly Wines, then learn about winemaking at Calitzdorp Cellar, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Route 62 & Penny's Place.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Calitzdorp vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Calitzdorp takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Calitzdorp

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Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm ©
Du'SwaRoo Wine and Olive farm
Peter Bayly Wines ©
Peter Bayly Wines
Rooiberg Pass ©
Rooiberg Pass

2
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.
On the 1st (Sun), stop by Platform 62 and then hike along De Hoop Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Newly Defined & African Pickers, and finally browse the exhibits of Magpie Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Swellendam travel website .

You can drive from Calitzdorp to Swellendam in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

De Hoop Nature Reserve, Platform 62, Newly Defined & African Pickers, Magpie Gallery
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Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery
De Hoop Nature Reserve ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum

1
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 3rd (Tue): look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, then stroll through Voelklip Beach, and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus trip site .

You can drive from Swellendam to Hermanus in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Hemingways of Hermanus ©
Hemingways of Hermanus

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.
On the 4th (Wed), browse the different shops at Canal Walk Shopping Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, view the masterpieces at Martin Osner Fine Art Photography Gallery, then look for gifts at Baraka Gifts and Decor, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town day trip app .

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. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

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Canal Walk Shopping Centre ©
Canal Walk Shopping Centre
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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