11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Hermanus
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Knysna
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Cape Town
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Hermanus — 2 nights

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Gearing's Point, stroll through Grotto Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony.

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Oslo, Norway to Hermanus is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Oslo in May, things will get a bit warmer in Hermanus: highs are around 24°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly to Knysna.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Suspension Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: Bloukrans Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park) and The Crags (Elephant Sanctuary The Crags & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

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You can fly from Hermanus to Knysna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town — 5 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours and Chapman's Peak Drive. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

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You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cape Town, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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.