10 days in South Africa Itinerary

10 days in South Africa Itinerary

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10 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Durban
1
Durban
— 1 day
bus:  2​h 45​min
2
St Lucia
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Knysna
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Durban

1
day
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple, look for gifts at Park Boulevard, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Durban trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Durban. In January in Durban, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Umbilo Shree Ambalavaanar Alayam Temple ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read St Lucia trip planner .

Getting from Durban to St Lucia by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in St Lucia

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony and then stroll through Grotto Beach. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus road trip planner.

Getting from St Lucia to Hermanus by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hermanus are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
For shopping fun, head to The Old Biscuit Mill or Baraka Gifts and Decor. Step off the beaten path and head to Franschhoek Motor Museum and Chapman's Peak Drive. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Franschhoek (Eikehof & Franschhoek Pass) and Waterford Estate (in Stellenbosch). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Auwal Mosque, examine the collection at South African Jewish Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip planning tool .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Chapman's Peak Drive, Waterford Estate
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Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate

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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.
On the 23rd (Thu), stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Glass Roots Studio, enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay, and then kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna trip maker tool .

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Knysna, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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