12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Wilderness
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Riyadh

1
night
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dockside Brewery, and then get outside with Wild Dreams Africa.

Plan trip to Port Elizabeth with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Port Elizabeth due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in June: high temperatures in Port Elizabeth hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Wild Dreams Africa
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists ©
Dockside Brewery ©
Dockside Brewery

1
night
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 27th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip planning tool .

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Knysna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June in Knysna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wilderness.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

2
nights
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at RPRX - Real People Real Xperiences, then stroll through Wilderness Beach, and finally look for gifts at Tiny Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Redberry Farm, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, and then get your game on at Happy Valley.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wilderness online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by bus from Knysna to Wilderness takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Knysna in June, Wilderness is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Wilderness

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

George
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Redberry Farm ©
Redberry Farm
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church

6
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Cape of Good Hope and Two Oceans Aquarium. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Wilderness to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Fri).

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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