11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Hoedspruit
— 1 day
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knysna
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit

— 1 day
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.
On the 16th (Thu), stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker tool.

Johannesburg to Hoedspruit is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Cape Town

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Point and Bloubergstrand Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Platteklip Gorge, learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, and see majestic marine mammals with Cape Capers Tours.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hoedspruit in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Hermanus

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Voelklip Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Knysna

— 4 nights
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Explore hidden gems such as Garden Route National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Featherbed Nature Reserve and Elephant Sanctuary The Crags. Venture out of the city with trips to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, stroll through Buffalo Bay, and contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Hermanus to Knysna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.