19 days in London & South Africa Itinerary

19 days in London & South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in London & South Africa Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
1
London, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Franschhoek, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Swellendam, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Wilderness, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Saint Francis Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Grahamstown, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: London, 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.
For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the London trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in London

Nightlife Fun & Games Tours

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nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at South African Jewish Museum and !Khwa ttu. Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Twelve Apostles. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Chapman's Peak Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fish Hoek Beach, and hike along Helderberg Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town driving holiday planner.

Fly from London to Cape Town in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in October: highs in Cape Town hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, !Khwa ttu
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Chapman's Peak Drive ©
Chapman's Peak Drive

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nights
Franschhoek, South Africa

Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Explore hidden gems such as Franschhoek Motor Museum and Kwaaiwater. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Franschhoek: Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant (in Botrivier) and Hermanus (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Lembu Gallery & Studio). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Paserene.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Franschhoek driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Franschhoek takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Swellendam.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hermanus, Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
Swellendam, South Africa

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 14th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at SwellenMark Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, browse the exhibits of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Swellendam Hiking Trail, then stop by Wilderbraam Berry Estate, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Apostolic Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Swellendam travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Franschhoek to Swellendam with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Wilderness.

Things to do in Swellendam

Trails Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Old Apostolic Church ©
Old Apostolic Church

2
nights
Wilderness, South Africa

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilderness National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Wilderness trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Swellendam to Wilderness. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Saint Francis Bay.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

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nights
Saint Francis Bay, South Africa

Saint Francis Bay ©
Get in touch with nature at Seal Point and Chokka Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Storms River Suspension Bridge and St Francis Bay Golf Club.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Francis Bay day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Wilderness to Saint Francis Bay with the Route module. October in Saint Francis Bay sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Mon) before leaving for Grahamstown.

Things to do in Saint Francis Bay

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Suspension Bridge, Chokka Trail
Highlights from your plan
Seal Point ©
Seal Point
St Francis Bay Golf Club ©
St Francis Bay Golf Club
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge

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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. Pumba Private Game Reserve has been added to your itinerary. Let the collections at National English Literary Museum and Provost Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wild Dreams Africa and 1820 Settlers National Monument. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Michael and St George.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Grahamstown online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Saint Francis Bay to Grahamstown. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Wild Dreams Africa
Highlights from your plan
Provost Museum ©
Provost Museum
National English Literary Museum ©
National English Literary Museum
1820 Settlers National Monument ©
1820 Settlers National Monument

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