12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Cape Town. In March in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. 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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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

1
night
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 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.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, 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

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Shark Diving
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Shark Diving
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
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.
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 find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Knysna travel route builder site.

Getting from Hermanus to Knysna by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. 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

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 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.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Durban trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Knysna to Durban by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 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

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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