18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll explore and learn at Platteklip Gorge and Constantia Glen Winery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Helderberg Nature Reserve and Chapman's Peak Drive. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to !Khwa ttu in Yzerfontein, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at First South African Perfume Museum, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, walk around Elizabeth Park, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town holiday planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town is 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in February: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

!Khwa ttu, First South African Perfume Museum, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
!Khwa ttu ©
!Khwa ttu

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nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): do a tasting at Hartenberg Wine Estate, learn about winemaking at Villiera Wines, then sample the tasty concoctions at Remhoogte Wine Estate, and finally do a tasting at Peter Falke Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Rupert Museum, learn about winemaking at Topiary Wines, learn about winemaking at La Bourgogne Farm, then do a tasting at Glenwood Vineyards, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dutch Reform Church.

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Traveling by car from Cape Town to Stellenbosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Stellenbosch are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Rupert Museum ©
Rupert Museum
Glenwood Vineyards ©
Glenwood Vineyards
Villiera Wines ©
Villiera Wines

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Grotto Beach and Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails. Your inner history buff will appreciate African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Sumaridge Wine Estate, brush up on your military savvy at Soldiers Memorial Museum, view the masterpieces at Originals Gallery, and browse the exhibits of Lembu Gallery & Studio.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip planner .

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve ©
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then stroll through Struisbaai Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas by car takes about 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Scarab Village and Jandreart Studio. Step out of the city life by going to Meiringspoort and Knysna Elephant Park. Take a break from Knysna with a short trip to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary in The Crags, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Radical Raptors, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mosaic Outdoor Market, and take an in-depth tour of Old Gaol and Art Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip planner .

Drive from Cape Agulhas to Knysna in 4.5 hours. In February in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Meiringspoort
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and 24 Degrees South. Take a break from the city and head to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, and view the masterpieces at Ukuthula Designs.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Hoedspruit takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Knysna in February: highs in Hoedspruit hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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