8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cradock
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
George
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Knysna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Jeffreys Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Cradock
— 1 night
End: Cradock

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George

George ©
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our George trip itinerary site .

Cradock to George is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In November, daily temperatures in George can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in George

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Wilderness Beach
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Cape Palette Art Gallery ©
Cape Palette Art Gallery

2
nights
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): stroll through Kwaaiwater, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Book Collector, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kleinmond Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pringle Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Grotto Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from George to Hermanus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from George in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hermanus, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pringle Bay Beach, Kleinmond Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pringle Bay  Beach ©
Pringle Bay Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

1
night
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
On the 20th (Fri), meet the residents at The Shark Lab, stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo, then learn about winemaking at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, and finally stroll through Santos Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mossel Bay trip planner .

Getting from Hermanus to Mossel Bay by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Hermanus, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mossel Bay, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
Highlights from your plan
Santos Beach ©
Santos Beach
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room ©
Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room
La Chocolaterie Rococo ©
La Chocolaterie Rococo

1
night
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then learn about winemaking at Karusa Vineyards, and then stroll through Meerkat Magic.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Oudtshoorn using our trip planner.

Take a bus from Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mossel Bay in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Oudtshoorn. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

1
night
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 22nd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, play a few rounds at Simola Golf, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Buffalo Bay.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna journey builder site .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Knysna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Knysna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Jeffreys Bay.

Things to do in Knysna

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Simola Golf ©
Simola Golf
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

1
night
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Dolphin Beach, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brewhaha Craft Brewery, and then kick back and relax at Paradise Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jeffreys Bay travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Knysna to Jeffreys Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Jeffreys Bay are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cradock.

Things to do in Jeffreys Bay

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach
Brewhaha Craft Brewery ©
Brewhaha Craft Brewery

1
night
Cradock

Cradock ©
Cradock is a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, in the upper valley of the Great Fish River, 250km by road northeast of Port Elizabeth. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Church, then stroll through Cat Conservation Trust, and then explore the striking landscape of Mountain Zebra National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cradock itinerary website .

You can drive from Jeffreys Bay to Cradock in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cradock

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
Cat Conservation Trust ©
Cat Conservation Trust

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