15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + taxi:  13​h
1
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Addo Elephant National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
8
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Hermanus

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 21st (Mon): go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach, and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hermanus route 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Hermanus. Traveling from Zurich in October, things will get a bit warmer in Hermanus: highs are around 27°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

1
night
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): do a tasting at Eikehof, examine the collection at Franschhoek Motor Museum, then stop by Karoo Classics, then get engrossed in the history at The Stellenbosch Village Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Stellenbosch online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Hermanus to Stellenbosch by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Stellenbosch sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Franschhoek
Highlights from your plan
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate
The Stellenbosch Village Museum ©
The Stellenbosch Village Museum
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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.
Cape Town is known for parks, beaches, historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, and contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum.

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You can take a bus from Stellenbosch to Cape Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): do a tasting at Doornkraal Padstal, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and finally steep yourself in history at St Jude's Anglican Church.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn vacation maker .

Getting from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Oudtshoorn can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Doornkraal Padstal
Highlights from your plan
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Doornkraal Padstal ©
Doornkraal Padstal

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Knysna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dockside Brewery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth online travel route planner .

You can drive from Knysna to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve

1
night
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
On the 29th (Tue), stroll through Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre and then walk around Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park road trip app .

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Addo Elephant National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Addo Elephant National Park can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre

2
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
On the 30th (Wed), stroll through Lonely Bull Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

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Getting from Addo Elephant National Park to Kruger National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Addo Elephant National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Lonely Bull Trail ©
Lonely Bull Trail

3
nights
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stop by James Findlay - Collectable Books & Maps, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Constitution Hill. Keep things going the next day: laugh and play at Gold Reef City and then don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg vacation planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Theme Parks Casinos

Side Trip

Nelson Mandela Square
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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