18 days in Benoni & Western Cape Itinerary

18 days in Benoni & Western Cape Itinerary

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18 days in Benoni & Western Cape Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  45​min
1
Benoni
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Montagu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Town
— 6 nights
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Benoni

Benoni ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then try your luck at Emperors Palace. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Central Park Trails, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Cradle of Humankind, and then stop by Amatuli Artefacts.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Benoni online tour itinerary planner .

Johannesburg to Benoni is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In August in Benoni, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Benoni

Parks Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Cradle of Humankind, Central Park Trails, Emperors Palace, Amatuli Artefacts
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The Cradle of Humankind ©
The Cradle of Humankind
Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Spas

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Crags (Birds of Eden, Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, & more) and Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Knysna trip itinerary maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Benoni to Knysna. Traveling from Benoni in August, Knysna is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

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 Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

2
nights
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and then make a trip to Roger Young Gallery. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn online trip maker .

Getting from Knysna to Oudtshoorn by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Oudtshoorn when traveling from Knysna in August, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Montagu.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dutch Reformed Mother Church, Roger Young Gallery
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

2
nights
Montagu

Montagu ©
A gateway to the fertile hills and valleys of the Little Karoo and a stop on historic Route 62, the scenic village of Montagu captivates with its quaint Cape Dutch architecture and mineral hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at IBIS Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, do a tasting at Marbrin Olive Growers, and then head outdoors with American Dream Cars.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Montagu trip itinerary site .

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Montagu by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Montagu

Outdoors Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Marbrin Olive Growers, Drostdy Museum
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
American Dream Cars ©
American Dream Cars

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: Betty's Bay (Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens & Stony Point Penguin Colony), Oneiric Wines (in Elgin) and Shark Diving (in Gansbaai). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, explore the striking landscape at Seaside Dunes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus trip planner .

Getting from Montagu to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Betty's Bay, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Seaside Dunes, Oneiric Wines, Shark Diving
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Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Shark Diving
Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path

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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner .

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. August in Cape Town sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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