36 days in South Africa Itinerary

36 days in South Africa Itinerary

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36 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Surabaya, Indonesia
Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
1
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Graaff-Reinet
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Durban
— 5 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
4
St Lucia
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Hazyview
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5​h
7
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Surabaya, Indonesia

4
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 Outeniqua Transport Museum and Nelson Bay Cave. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garden Route National Park and Wilderness Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary), Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and Dolphin Point Lookout (in Wilderness). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, and explore the galleries of Old Gaol and Art Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Knysna tour planner .

Surabaya, Indonesia to Knysna is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Surabaya to Knysna due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Surabaya in July, with highs in Knysna at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Outeniqua Transport Museum, Suspension Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

4
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Reinet House and Trollip Art Gallery & Studio. Get in touch with nature at Valley of Desolation and Mountain Zebra National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Graaff-Reinet: Nieu-Bethesda (The Owl House & Dustcovers) and Richmond (Richmond Horse Museum & Modern Art Project). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Old Residency, stroll the grounds of Graaff-Reinet Cemetery, and admire the masterpieces at Hester Rupert Art Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Richmond, Nieu-Bethesda, Mountain Zebra National Park, Trollip Art Gallery & Studio
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
The Owl House ©
The Owl House

5
nights
Durban

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Head to Gateway Theatre of Shopping and Monsoon Moonfor plenty of shopping. Visit Umhlanga Main Beach and Golden Mile for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durban: Thompson's Bay Beach (in Ballito), Zipline (in Port Shepstone) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Umkomaas). Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Capture Site, and take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Durban trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Graaff-Reinet to Durban takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Thompson's Bay Beach, Monsoon Moon, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Thompson's Bay Beach ©
Thompson's Bay Beach

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Zamimpilo Community Market and Mtuba Mall. Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of St Lucia with an excursion to Tunga Needlework Studio in Hluhluwe--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Heritage Tours & Safaris, contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary, and stop by Chane Cheese Farm & Lodge.

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

Take a bus from Durban to St Lucia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mtubatuba, Zamimpilo Community Market, Heritage Tours & Safaris, Scuba & Snorkeling, Tunga Needlework Studio
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Heritage Tours & Safaris ©
Heritage Tours & Safaris

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and then stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Hoedspruit in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Safaris

4
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Whispers and Zipline. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. Change things up with these side-trips from Hazyview: Mary Shire Falls (in Sabie), Graskop (Wonder View & Graskop Gorge Lift Company) and Sudwala Caves (in Nelspruit). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, do a tasting at Rottcher Wineries, and take in panoramic vistas at God's Window.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hazyview sightseeing planner .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Hazyview by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Graskop, Mpumalanga, Mary Shire Falls, Rottcher Wineries, Sudwala Caves
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Safaris
Zipline

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Appreciate the collections at Drostdy Museum and Originals Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and De Hoop Nature Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Goedverwacht Wine Estate (in Bonnievale), Bee Things (in Swellendam) and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in L'Agulhas). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hazyview to Hermanus in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hazyview in August, expect nights in Hermanus to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Swellendam, Cape Agulhas, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Goedverwacht Wine Estate
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Canal Walk Shopping Centre and DF Contemporary. Explore hidden gems such as Franschhoek Motor Museum and Waterford Estate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park), Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and West Coast Fossil Park (in Vredenburg). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, see the interesting displays at Cape Town Diamond Museum, stop by Uwe Koetter Jewellers, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip site .

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, !Khwa ttu, West Coast National Park, West Coast Fossil Park, Franschhoek Motor Museum
Highlights from your plan
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
West Coast Fossil Park ©
West Coast Fossil Park

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