12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Knysna
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Durban
— 2 nights
End: Cape Town

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Cape Town. In March, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 19th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kwaaiwater, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus online road trip planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. March in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Shark Diving
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

2
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 21st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, stroll through Birds of Eden, and then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads and then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Knysna driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Knysna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Knysna are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, then explore and take pictures at Moses Mabhida Stadium, and then kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Makiwa Gallery, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at uShaka Marine World, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Durban trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Knysna to Durban by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, Durban is a bit warmer than Knysna - with highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Umhlanga Rocks
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium

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