12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Taxi:  13​h
1
Hermanus
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4​h
2
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
5
Franschhoek
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Grotto Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Hermanus is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in October; daily highs in Hermanus reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Shark Diving
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Shark Diving
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Addo Elephant National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Addo Elephant National Park are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, then stroll through Birds of Eden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna holiday maker website .

Getting from Addo Elephant National Park to Knysna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In October, daytime highs in Knysna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

1
night
Mossel Bay

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, then examine the collection at Janine Iron and Washing Museum, then do a tasting at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mossel Bay itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Knysna to Mossel Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trip

Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
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Horseback Riding Tours
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex ©
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room ©
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, learn about winemaking at Fairview Wine and Cheese, then learn about winemaking at Eikehof, then examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Franschhoek Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: browse for treasures at Masquerade Antiques And Things, learn about winemaking at Lynx Wine Estate, and then indulge your taste buds at Boschendal Wine Estate.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Franschhoek travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mossel Bay to Franschhoek in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Fairview Wine and Cheese
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First South African Perfume Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

3
nights
Stellenbosch

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 16th (Wed), do a tasting at Waterford Estate and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Local Works, then take an in-depth tour of The Stellenbosch Village Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dutch Reform Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Spier Wine Farm.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Stellenbosch holiday app .

Stellenbosch is just a stone's throw from Franschhoek. In October, daily temperatures in Stellenbosch can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Tours Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate
The Stellenbosch Village Museum ©
The Stellenbosch Village Museum

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