17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Nanded
Fly:  36 h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
4
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  38 h
End: Nanded

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visit Groot Constantia and Robben Island Museum for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Franschhoek Motor Museum and Fairview Wine and Cheese. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary planner .

Nanded, India to Cape Town is an approximately 36-hour flight. Traveling from Nanded to Cape Town, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek Motor Museum, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Franschhoek Pass and De Hoop Nature Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Swellendam (Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery & Drostdy Museum) and Iona Wine Farm (in Grabouw). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and learn about winemaking at Bouchard Finlayson Winery.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus route builder site .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Swellendam, Cape Agulhas, Iona Wine Farm, Franschhoek Pass, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

3
nights
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.
Visit Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garden Route National Park and Buffalo Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon and stroll through Radical Raptors.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Hermanus to Knysna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Knysna, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

2
nights
St Lucia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Bhangazi Horse Safaris and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Heritage Tours & Safaris and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our St Lucia day trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Knysna to St Lucia in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Safaris
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

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