15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 45 min
1
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg

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 18th (Wed), stop by Metelerkamps and then pick up some local products at Elephant Walk Farm Stall. On the next day, stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Sanctuary.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Knysna trip builder.

Johannesburg to Knysna is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, expect nights in Knysna to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Elephant Sanctuary The Crags ©
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Owl House, then look for gifts at Dustcovers, and then view the masterpieces at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Graaff-Reinet travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation

2
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Magpie Gallery, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Newly Defined & African Pickers, then get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Die Biltong Boetiek. Keep things going the next day: stop by Platform 62, look for gifts at Montagu Farmstall, and then take in the exciting artwork at Hicks Art Galllery.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Swellendam travel planner.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Swellendam takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Montagu, Platform 62, Magpie Gallery, Newly Defined & African Pickers
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Newly Defined & African Pickers ©
Newly Defined & African Pickers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
We've included these beaches for you: Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. Head to Hemingways of Hermanus and Funky Vibesfor some retail therapy. Take a break from Hermanus with a short trip to Stony Point Penguin Colony in Betty's Bay, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market, look for gifts at OneLove The Fashion Shack, and take in the exciting artwork at LEMBU gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Hermanus takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Hermanus are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Hemingways of Hermanus ©
Hemingways of Hermanus
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Biscuit Mill and Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Step out of Cape Town to go to Franschhoek and see The Franschhoek Motor Museum, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Cape Town are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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