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9 days in South Africa Itinerary
Start: New York City
Cape Town— 2 nights
Drive: 1h 30min
Hermanus— 2 nights
Drive: 4h 30min
Knysna— 2 nights
End: New York City
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Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, and then learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and then kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.
For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary maker.
New York City, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 32-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Cape Town. In July, Cape Town is colder than New York City - with highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hermanus.
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Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.On the 9th (Sun), view the masterpieces at LEMBU gallery, look for gifts at Quirk & Leopard, enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, then stop by The Book Collector, and finally stop by Funky Vibes. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach.
To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hermanus travel planner.
Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hermanus are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.
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Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, then kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea, and then look for gifts at The Boatshed.
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You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hermanus to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hermanus in July, Knysna is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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