9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
St Lucia
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Knysna
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
5
Hoedspruit
— 1 night
End: Johannesburg

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St Lucia

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the St Lucia route maker tool .

Johannesburg to St Lucia is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in St Lucia

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris

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.
On the 11th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, then admire the striking features of St George's Anglican Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Knysna online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Knysna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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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 13th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Fairview Wine and Cheese, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, then look for gifts at Baraka Gifts and Decor, and finally explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Vergelegen Estate, then kick back and relax at Fish Hoek Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Knysna in November: highs in Cape Town hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

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nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visit Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Grotto Beach and Shark Diving. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to L'Agulhas to see Cape Agulhas Lighthouse about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Stanford
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

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night
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hoedspruit takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Hermanus in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Hoedspruit, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks
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