9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly + Drive:  37​h
1
Knysna
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4​h
2
Franschhoek
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: Mexico City

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Brenton on Sea and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Buffalo Bay and Knysna Lagoon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: The Crags (Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary & Birds of Eden). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna custom trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Knysna is an approximately 37-hour flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Knysna, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in December since evenings lows in Knysna dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Jandreart Studio ©
Jandreart Studio
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

1
night
Franschhoek

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
On the 9th (Sat), examine the collection at The Franschhoek Motor Museum, then learn about winemaking at Topiary Wines, and then experience rural life at Boschendal Manor & Winery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Franschhoek itinerary planner.

Getting from Knysna to Franschhoek by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Franschhoek can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Fairview Wine and Cheese
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La Motte Wine Estate ©
La Motte Wine Estate
Topiary Wines ©
Topiary Wines
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

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 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, then kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, and then stroll through Grotto Beach.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip generator.

Getting from Franschhoek to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

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