15 days in Western Cape Itinerary

15 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western Cape vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Knysna
— 2 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
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Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Knysna

— 2 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: The Crags (Birds of Eden, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, &more) and Plettenberg Bay (Robberg Nature Reserve & Plettenvale Wines). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna online driving holiday planner.

Johannesburg to Knysna is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in March, plan for little chillier days in Knysna, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Oudtshoorn

— 1 night

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip maker website.

Drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Knysna, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Oudtshoorn, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Swellendam

— 2 nights
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then tee off at Swellendam Golf Course, and then admire all the interesting features of R 62 nel Klein Karoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Montagu NGK Dutch Reformed Church, learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mildred's Chapelry, then browse the exhibits of IBIS Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Swellendam journey builder.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Oudtshoorn in March, expect nights in Swellendam to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Golf

Side Trips

Hermanus

— 3 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Shark Diving (in Gansbaai), Franschhoek (Dutch Reformed Church & Franschhoek Pass) and Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens (in Betty's Bay). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, look for gifts at Funky Vibes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, and do a tasting at Ataraxia Wines.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus visit planner.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Hermanus takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Town

— 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Point.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Town road trip 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. In April, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Western Cape travel guide

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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.