18 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

18 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Hermanus, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Fly to Walvis Bay Airport, Drive to Namib-Naukluft Park
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive to Walvis Bay Airport, Fly to Amsterdam

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Cape Town, South Africa — 4 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 Tours & Tastings and Groot Constantia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island Museum and Klein Constantia. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, Cape Town is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Hermanus.
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Hermanus, South Africa — 2 nights

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 30th (Thu), look for gifts at Funky Vibes, get up close to creatures of the deep with Dyer Island Cruises, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Beach. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path and then stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Knysna.
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Knysna, South Africa — 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Outeniqua Transport Museum and Cape Palette Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Elephant Sanctuary The Crags (in The Crags) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park and tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

To find out how to plan a trip to Knysna, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Hermanus to Knysna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hermanus in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Knysna, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit, South Africa — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Phuza Moya Private Game Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Hoedspruit takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Knysna in July: highs in Hoedspruit hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hazyview.
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Hazyview, South Africa — 3 nights

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Elephant Whispers. Venture out of the city with trips to Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Napi Wilderness Trail (in Kruger National Park). There's still lots to do: stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hazyview trip maker tool.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 3 nights

One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Spreetshoogte Pass.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Namib-Naukluft Park road trip website.

Explore your travel options from Hazyview to Namib-Naukluft Park with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central Africa Time is minus 1 hour. July in Namib-Naukluft Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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Namibia travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.
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