15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa Trip Planner

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Knysna
— 3 nights
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Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
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Swellendam
— 2 nights
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Hermanus
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Knysna

— 3 nights
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 shop like a local with Elephant Walk Farm Stall. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and then stroll through Elephant Sanctuary The Crags.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Knysna route planning website.

Johannesburg to Knysna is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:

Graaff-Reinet

— 2 nights
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, stop by Dustcovers, and then get engrossed in the history at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Graaff-Reinet road trip website.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Swellendam

— 2 nights
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the galleries of Magpie Gallery, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Newly Defined & African Pickers, then take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, then explore the galleries of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally stop by Die Biltong Boetiek. On the next day, stop by Platform 62, look for gifts at Montagu Farmstall, and then take in the exciting artwork at Hick's Art Gallery.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Swellendam online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Graaff-Reinet to Swellendam takes 5.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Hermanus

— 3 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Hemingways of Hermanus. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hermanus Country Market and OneLove The Fashion Shack. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, browse the exhibits of Lembu Gallery & Studio, browse for treasures at The Book Collector, and stop by Funky Vibes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hermanus online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Swellendam to Hermanus takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 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 · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Cape Town

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Franschhoek Motor Museum and Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Old Biscuit Mill and Greenmarket Square. When in Cape Town, make a side trip to see First South African Perfume Museum in Franschhoek, approximately Franschhoek away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cape Point, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.