18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa travel route planner
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Fly to Cape Town International Airport, Drive to Hermanus
— 4 nights
Cape Agulhas
— 2 nights
Cape Town
— 5 nights
— 4 nights
Drive to George Airport, Fly to Port Macquarie


Hermanus — 4 nights

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto Beach and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve. Get a sense of the local culture at Lembu Gallery & Studio and Bouchard Finlayson Winery. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay), Off-Road Tours (in Grabouw) and Klipgat Caves (in De Kelders). There's lots more to do: tee off at Hermanus Golf Club, kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, explore the striking landscape at Seaside Dunes, and do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip itinerary planner.

Nosy Be, Madagascar to Hermanus is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Nosy Be to Hermanus is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nosy Be in February; daily highs in Hermanus reach 81°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cape Agulhas.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Cape Agulhas — 2 nights

On the 25th (Sat), savor the flavors at Wine Boutique on the Shipwreck Coast, then don't miss a visit to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, and then get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape Agulhas route builder tool.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cape Agulhas are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island Museum and Franschhoek Motor Museum. Dorp Street and Groot Constantia will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, Eagle Encounters, Stellenbosch, South Africa, &more) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Platteklip Gorge, learn the secrets of beer at Kiff Kombi Tours, have unforgettable encounters with Pisces Divers, and do a tasting at Beau Constantia.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Agulhas to Cape Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Cape Town are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Knysna.
Parks · Wineries · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Knysna — 4 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 and learn at Knysna Museum and The Motorcycle Room. Step out of the city life by going to Garden Route National Park and Plettenberg Beach. When in Knysna, make a side trip to see Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary in The Crags, approximately The Crags away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Pledge Nature Reserve, steep yourself in history at St George's Anglican Church, and tee off at Pezula Championship Course.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna journey planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Knysna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Knysna are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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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.