12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Cape Town
— 5 nights


Port Elizabeth — 2 nights

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth trip maker app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 17.5-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. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in November: highs in Port Elizabeth hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Knysna.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Knysna — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Sanctuary The Crags, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and then stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve and then contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon.

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You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Knysna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly to Hermanus.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip
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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 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Point Penguin Colony and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus travel planner.

You can fly from Knysna to Hermanus in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Knysna in November, expect nights in Hermanus to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Side Trips
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pisces Divers and Franschhoek Motor Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek) and Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (in Stellenbosch). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Company's Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, and do a tasting at Groot Constantia.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip app.

Getting from Hermanus to Cape Town by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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South Africa travel guide

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.