12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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— 2 nights
— 2 nights


Cape Town

— 6 nights

Mother City

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get great views at Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town online travel route builder.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Cape Town. In March, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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— 1 night
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus trip planner.

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. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:


— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads and then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Knysna travel route builder site.

Getting from Hermanus to Knysna by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Knysna are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:


— 2 nights

Surf City

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 catch a live event at Moses Mabhida Stadium, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Makiwa Gallery, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Durban trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Knysna to Durban by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Knysna in March: high temperatures in Durban hover around 35°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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South Africa travel guide

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.