15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa sightseeing planner

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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive
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Swellendam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knysna
— 3 nights
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Cape Town

— 5 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore hidden gems such as Groot Constantia and Bloubergstrand Beach. Franschhoek Motor Museum and Robben Island Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Stellenbosch) and Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, learn about winemaking at Constantia Glen Winery, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): savor the flavors at Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck Coast, get to know the fascinating history of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Agulhas day trip planning website.

You can drive from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas in 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Cape Agulhas can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Swellendam.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Swellendam

— 3 nights
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Drostdy Museum and Springfield Estate Winery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Shipwreck Museum and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Swellendam: Montagu (IBIS Gallery & Sanbona Wildlife Reserve), Robertson (Marbrin Olive Growers & Fraai Uitzicht) and De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail (in De Hoop Nature Reserve). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Apostolic Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Swellendam journey app.

You can drive from Cape Agulhas to Swellendam in 1.5 hours. In March in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Graaff-Reinet

— 2 nights
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, then examine the collection at The Owl House, and then admire the masterpieces at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre. On the next day, contemplate the long history of St James the Great Anglican Church, stroll through Valley of Desolation, then explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Reinet House.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Swellendam to Graaff-Reinet in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Knysna

— 3 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.
On the 24th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plettenberg Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Wilderness Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Knysna journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.