11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa tour planner
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Hermanus
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Knysna
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Cape Town
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Hermanus — 3 nights

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Explore hidden gems such as Grotto Beach and Franschhoek Pass. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Betty's Bay (Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens & Stony Point Penguin Colony) and Dyer Island Cruises (in Gansbaai). The adventure continues: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus trip builder site.

Oslo, Norway to Hermanus is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Oslo in May, with highs in Hermanus at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Knysna.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 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). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, and explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Hermanus to Knysna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Knysna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Cape Town.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Cape Town — 4 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours and Company's Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (in Stellenbosch) and Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, steep yourself in history at Groot Constantia, walk around Greenpoint Park and Biodiversity Garden, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip app.

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, Cape Town is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Museums
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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.