18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hermanus
— 3 nights
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Knysna
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Bus
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Hoedspruit
— 1 night
Drive
6
Hazyview
— 3 nights
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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.
Visiting Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Earthstompers Adventures will get you outdoors. Head to The Old Biscuit Mill and Uwe Koetter Jewellersfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, hike along Platteklip Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, and buy something for everyone on your list at Cape Quarter Mall.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in August: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.
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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.
Shop till you drop at Hermanus Country Market and The Book Collector. Visiting Stony Point Penguin Colony and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Explore Hermanus' surroundings by going to Gansbaai (African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary & Dyer Island Cruises). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach and go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus holiday planner.

Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Knysna.
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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.
On the 14th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Sanctuary The Crags, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve, then stop by Art On Queen - Helena Gerber, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Knysna trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hermanus to Knysna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Knysna, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park — 4 nights

One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get in touch with nature at Kruger National Park and Olifants Wilderness Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, hike along Bushmans Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

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Traveling by flight from Knysna to Kruger National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in August, you will find days in Kruger National Park are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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You can take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hazyview.
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Hazyview — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seronera Crocodile Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hazyview can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel 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.
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