36 days in South Africa Itinerary

36 days in South Africa Itinerary

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36 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hermanus
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Plettenberg Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Cape Agulhas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Betty's Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Bredasdorp
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
8
Grahamstown
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
9
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
10
Addo Elephant National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
11
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
12
Wilderness
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Vienna

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dorp Street and Robben Island Museum. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, stroll through Boulders Beach, and kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary planner .

Vienna, Austria to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vienna to Cape Town. Traveling from Vienna in January, expect Cape Town to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. You'll set off for Hermanus on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Dorp Street
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Dorp Street ©
Dorp Street

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto Beach and Sumaridge Wine Estate. Venture out of the city with trips to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai), Spas (in McGregor) and Franschhoek (Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve & Stony Brook Vineyards). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, go for a walk through Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, and make a trip to Hoy's Koppie.

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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. January in Hermanus sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, Spas, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Sumaridge Wine Estate ©
Sumaridge Wine Estate
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate ©
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

2
nights
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
On the 21st (Tue), stroll through SANCCOB and then kick back and relax at Sardinia Bay Beach. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, then stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and then stroll through Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Port Elizabeth, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park
SANCCOB ©
SANCCOB

2
nights
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Step off the beaten path and head to Plettenberg Beach and Radical Raptors. Visit St Peters Anglican Church and Nelson Bay Cave for their historical value. Step out of Plettenberg Bay to go to Nature's Valley and see Natures Valley Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. It doesn't end there: stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Plettenberg Bay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Natures Valley Beach
Highlights from your plan
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Radical Raptors ©
Radical Raptors
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve

2
nights
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
On the 26th (Sun), make a trip to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B and then stroll through Struisbaai Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Agulhas trip builder app .

Drive from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Agulhas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Agulhas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll set off for Betty's Bay on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B ©
Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B

3
nights
Betty's Bay

Betty's Bay ©
Betty's Bay is a small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa's Western Cape province. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at John the Potter Pottery gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony, enjoy the sand and surf at Pringle Bay Beach, and then look for gifts at Gaboli Chocolates.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Betty's Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Cape Agulhas to Betty's Bay in 2.5 hours. In January in Betty's Bay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll set off for Bredasdorp on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Betty's Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kleinmond Beach, Pringle Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Pringle Bay  Beach ©
Pringle Bay Beach
Kleinmond Beach ©
Kleinmond Beach

2
nights
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. On the 31st (Fri), explore and take pictures at Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm and then learn about winemaking at Esona Boutique Wine Estate. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Strandveld Vineyards, enjoy the sand and surf at Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, then Head underground at Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, and finally steep yourself in history at Kassiesbaai.

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Traveling by car from Betty's Bay to Bredasdorp takes 2 hours. In January in Bredasdorp, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Grahamstown.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Wineries Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Robertson, Arniston, Swellendam, Strandveld Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Esona Boutique Wine Estate ©
Esona Boutique Wine Estate
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kassiesbaai ©
Kassiesbaai

1
night
Grahamstown

Grahamstown ©
Grahamstown is a city of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kariega Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Clumber Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Michael and St George.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grahamstown trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bredasdorp to Grahamstown. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Grahamstown

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kariega Beach, Clumber Church
Highlights from your plan
St Patrick's Catholic Church ©
St Patrick's Catholic Church
Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Clumber Church ©
Clumber Church

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.
On the 5th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Noetzie, then kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. On your second day here, tee off at Simola Golf and then kick back and relax at Bollard Bay.

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You can drive from Grahamstown to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Knysna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Noetzie Beach
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Simola Golf ©
Simola Golf
Noetzie Beach ©
Noetzie Beach

3
nights
Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Kleinpoort Pompstal and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Addo Elephant National Park travel route tool .

Getting from Knysna to Addo Elephant National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Addo Elephant National Park are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Somerset East, Kleinpoort Pompstal
Highlights from your plan
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre ©
Addo Raptor and Reptile Centre
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo ©
Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo
Kleinpoort Pompstal ©
Kleinpoort Pompstal

3
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tsitsikamma National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tsitsikamma National Park attractions website .

Getting from Addo Elephant National Park to Tsitsikamma National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Wilderness.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Dutch Reformed Church
Highlights from your plan
The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree ©
Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree

2
nights
Wilderness

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Map of Africa Viewpoint, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at RPRX - Real People Real Xperiences, and then view the masterpieces at Pharoah Art Gallery. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilderness Beach and then explore by horseback at Perdepoort Horse Tails.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wilderness trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Tsitsikamma National Park to Wilderness by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Wilderness can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wilderness

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Map of Africa Viewpoint ©
Map of Africa Viewpoint
Perdepoort Horse Tails ©
Perdepoort Horse Tails

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