17 days in South Africa & London Itinerary

17 days in South Africa & London Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa & London Itinerary

Start: Belfast, United Kingdom
Fly:  3​h 15​min
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London, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Fly + bus:  14​h 30​min
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Cape Town, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hermanus, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Grahamstown, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
7
London, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Belfast, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): wander the streets of Greenwich.

Before you visit London, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Belfast to London is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October in London, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in London

Neighborhoods
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Greenwich ©
Greenwich

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from London to Cape Town takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Signal Hill ©
Signal Hill

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Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 7th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach and then kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Cape Whale Coast, then learn about winemaking at Bouchard Finlayson Winery, then do a tasting at Ataraxia Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Creation.

For ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus travel route site .

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve ©
Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve
Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater

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Knysna, South Africa

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Knysna Elephant Park and Goukamma Nature Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as Garden Route National Park and Pezula Championship Course. The adventure continues: trek along Circles in the Forest, take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio, admire the landmark architecture of St George's Anglican Church, and stroll through Bollard Bay.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Hermanus to Knysna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hermanus in October, expect nights in Knysna to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Knysna

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Bollard Bay ©
Bollard Bay

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Grahamstown, South Africa

Grahamstown ©
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kariega Beach and Walter Battiss Art Museum. Get outdoors at Cat Conservation Trust and 39 Steps. There's much more to do: examine the collection at National English Literary Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Catholic Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Michael and St George.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grahamstown trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Grahamstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cat Conservation Trust, 39 Steps, Kariega Beach, Walter Battiss Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
National English Literary Museum ©
National English Literary Museum
Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Cat Conservation Trust ©
Cat Conservation Trust

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Bloubergstrand Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Point and Twelve Apostles. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Waterford Estate (in Stellenbosch), Springfield Estate Winery (in Robertson) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum, Franschhoek Pass, & more). Enjoy Cape Town some more: do a tasting at Fairview Wine and Cheese, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point Ostrich Farm, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grahamstown to Cape Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to London.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Waterford Estate, Springfield Estate Winery, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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London, United Kingdom

London
To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read London trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Cape Town to London by flight takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to London, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in October; daily highs in London reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in London

Nightlife Fun & Games Parks

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