19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Durban
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
2
St Lucia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
End: Brussels

1
night
Durban

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Durban trip itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Durban is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in October: highs in Durban hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Umhlanga Main Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Shark Diving
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
St Lucia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Cape Vidal Lighthouse and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Heritage Tours & Safaris.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the St Lucia trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a bus from Durban to St Lucia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Cape Vidal Lighthouse ©
Cape Vidal Lighthouse

3
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Elephant Whispers. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Three Roundavels. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hoedspruit trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Hoedspruit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Elephant Whispers
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Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach. Get in touch with nature at Garden Route National Park and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Wilderness). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, admire the striking features of St George's Anglican Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Knysna trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Hoedspruit to Knysna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Hoedspruit, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Knysna, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Step out of Hermanus with an excursion to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and learn about winemaking at Hamilton Russell Vineyards.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus day trip app .

You can drive from Knysna to Hermanus in 5.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like West Coast National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visiting Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon and Bloubergstrand Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum & Franschhoek Pass). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fish Hoek Beach, and stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planning tool .

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 travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive, West Coast National Park, !Khwa ttu, Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
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West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

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