8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Minneapolis
Fly:  34​h
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Fly:  33​h
Minneapolis

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary and Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: The Crags (Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon and look for all kinds of wild species at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna travel itinerary creator.

Minneapolis, USA to Knysna is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in October: high temperatures in Knysna hover around 69°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

The Crags, Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary ©
Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

2
days
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 2nd (Thu): experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, admire all the interesting features of Swartberg Pass, and then experience rural life at Cango Ostrich Show Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Cali Craft & Gems, explore and take pictures at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn itinerary planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass

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