12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
2
Hermanus
— 4 nights
3
Knysna
— 3 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Robben Island Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Franschhoek Motor Museum and Chapman's Peak Drive. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach, hike along Platteklip Gorge, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip tool.

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Cape Town at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stony Point Penguin Colony and Voelklip Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Drostdy Museum (in Swellendam), De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail (in De Hoop Nature Reserve) and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in L'Agulhas). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus trip maker app.

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Swellendam, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach and then kick back and relax at Brenton on Sea.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Knysna by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hermanus in February: highs in Knysna hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

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