19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Durban
— 1 night
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St Lucia
— 2 nights
Fly to Nelspruit, Taxi to Hoedspruit
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
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Knysna
— 3 nights
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Hermanus
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Durban

— 1 night

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 4th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach. Keep things going the next day: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Durban tour builder app.

Brussels, Belgium to Durban is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Durban. When traveling from Brussels in October, plan for much warmer days in Durban, with highs around 34°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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St Lucia

— 2 nights
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Vidal Lighthouse and then see Heritage Tours & Safaris.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the St Lucia trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Durban to St Lucia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Hoedspruit

— 3 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Take a break from the city and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Three Roundavels. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Elephant Whispers. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from St Lucia to Hoedspruit takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. October in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garden Route National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. We've included these beaches for you: Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Wilderness) and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (in The Crags). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and admire the landmark architecture of St George's Anglican Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Knysna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in October, you will find days in Knysna are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

Hermanus

— 3 nights
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Stony Point Penguin Colony and African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and do a tasting at Hamilton Russell Vineyards.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hermanus road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Hermanus takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Cape Town

— 5 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visit Bloubergstrand Beach and Fish Hoek Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Twelve Apostles and Franschhoek Pass. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park), !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein) and Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, stroll through Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon, and stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Cape Town day trip site.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:

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.