11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  30​h
1
Kimberley
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Newark

1
day
Kimberley

Kimberley ©
As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at William Humphreys Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Duggan Cronin Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at The Big Hole Kimberley, and finally see the interesting displays at Kimberley Mine Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kimberley travel route tool .

Newark, USA to Kimberley is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Kimberley due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newark in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kimberley: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
William Humphreys Art Gallery ©
William Humphreys Art Gallery

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Biscuit Mill and Fish Hoek Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Boschendal Wine Estate and Robben Island. Change things up with a short trip to Fairview Wine and Cheese in Suider Paarl (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, do a tasting at Klein Constantia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach, and stop by Shimansky Jewellers.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip app .

Explore your travel options from Kimberley to Cape Town with the Route module. When traveling from Kimberley in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Boschendal Wine Estate, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 4th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, stroll through Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Hermanus are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

1
night
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for gifts at Wilderbraam Berry Estate, stop by Die Biltong Boetiek, look for gifts at Bee Things, then take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at SwellenMark Shopping Centre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Swellendam holiday planner .

Drive from Hermanus to Swellendam in 2 hours. In November in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Wilderbraam Berry Estate ©
Wilderbraam Berry Estate

2
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 6th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Elephant Sanctuary, and then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, then browse the exhibits of Jandreart Studio, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Knysna tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Knysna takes 3 hours. In November in Knysna, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
Highlights from your plan
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

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