25 days in South Africa Itinerary

25 days in South Africa Itinerary

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25 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Pretoria
Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Gariep Dam
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Stellenbosch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Robertson
— 15 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 45​min
7
Pretoria
— 1 night
End: Pretoria

1
night
Gariep Dam

Gariep Dam
To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Gariep Dam trip itinerary planning website .

Pretoria to Gariep Dam is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You will leave for Stellenbosch on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Gariep Dam

Parks Wildlife

1
night
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.
To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Stellenbosch trip itinerary website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gariep Dam to Stellenbosch. In December, daytime highs in Stellenbosch are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Highlights from your plan
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Eikehof ©
Eikehof
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. On the next day, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and then examine the collection at District Six Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cape Town vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Stellenbosch to Cape Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Robertson.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

15
nights
Robertson

Robertson ©
A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Robertson: Swellendam (Drostdy Museum, Bontebok National Park, & more), Montagu (St Mildred's Chapelry, R 62 nel Klein Karoo, & more) and Bredasdorp (De Hoop Nature Reserve & De Hoop Whale Trail). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mountain Brewing Company, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the landmark architecture of Barrydale Dutch Reformed Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Robertson trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Robertson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Robertson, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Robertson

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Montagu, Swellendam, McGregor, Bredasdorp, Ashton
Highlights from your plan
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
De Hoop Nature Reserve ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve

2
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Knysna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Robertson to Knysna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pretoria.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

1
night
Pretoria

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, browse the collection at National Library of South Africa, and then contemplate the long history of Union Buildings.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pretoria trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Pretoria takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. January in Pretoria sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pretoria

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings
Voortrekker Monument ©
Voortrekker Monument
National Library of South Africa ©

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