15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa tour planner

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Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly
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Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly
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St Lucia
— 1 night
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Hoedspruit

— 2 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and 24 Degrees South. Escape the urban bustle at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Big Boabab in Gravelotte, approximately Gravelotte away.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit travel planner.

Nelspruit to Hoedspruit is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garden Route National Park and Knysna Lagoon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve and admire the striking features of St George's Anglican Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna road trip tool.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Knysna by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in May: highs in Knysna hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Agulhas

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then awaken your taste buds at Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck Coast.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cape Agulhas using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Cape Agulhas takes 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Knysna in May since evenings lows in Cape Agulhas dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Hermanus

— 2 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony and then go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with Dyer Island Cruises, then stop by PROVENANCE Essential Skincare, and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Groot Constantia and Green Point Lighthouse. Visiting Bloubergstrand Beach and Twelve Apostles will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Durbanville Rose Garden (in Durbanville Hills), Waterford Estate (in Stellenbosch) and Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours, stroll through Fish Hoek Beach, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, and kick back and relax at Muizenberg Beach.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Town vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. May in Cape Town sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to St Lucia.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

St Lucia

— 1 night
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our St Lucia journey site.

Fly from Cape Town to St Lucia in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.

Western Cape travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Mountains
Shifting landscapes of towering mountains, patchworks of farmlands, and sandy beaches draw visitors from all around the world to the Western Cape. Delve into the bustling commercial and industrial center of Cape Town, or tour quaint wineries dotting the countryside, where you'll receive a warm welcome and plenty of gastronomic delights. Active vacations in the Western Cape make the most of a large number of outdoor activities and extreme sports, such as bungee-jumping, 4x4 driving, and jeep safaris through the region's wilderness.