26 days in South Africa Itinerary

26 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip itinerary planner
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Riebeek Kasteel
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Tulbagh
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Ceres
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Paarl
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Franschhoek
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Stellenbosch
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Greyton
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Hermanus
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Stanford
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Gansbaai
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McGregor
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Robertson
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Montagu
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Swellendam
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Barrydale
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Matjiesfontein
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Calitzdorp
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Oudtshoorn
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Mossel Bay
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Knysna
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De Rust
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Prince Albert
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Riebeek Kasteel — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): look for gifts at Het Vlock Casteel and then learn about winemaking at Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Estate.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Riebeek Kasteel trip app.

Cape Town to Riebeek Kasteel is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In March in Riebeek Kasteel, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tulbagh.
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Tulbagh

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): do a tasting at Saronsberg Wine Cellar.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tulbagh trip planner.

Tulbagh is just a stone's throw from Riebeek Kasteel. March in Tulbagh sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ceres.
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Ceres

Ceres is the administrative centre and largest town of the Witzenberg Local Municipality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ceres road trip app.

Ceres is very close to Tulbagh. In March in Ceres, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll set off for Paarl on the 30th (Wed).
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Paarl

The town of Paarl remains best known for its landscape, dominated by a gargantuan granite outcrop--it's also notable as the birthplace of the Afrikaans language.
To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paarl travel route planning website.

You can drive from Ceres to Paarl in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Paarl can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Franschhoek.
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Franschhoek — 3 nights

Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
On the 31st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, do a tasting at Rickety Bridge Winery, and then cruise along Franschhoek Pass. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Stony Brook Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at La Motte Wine Estate, and then steep yourself in history at Boschendal Wine Estate.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Franschhoek tour site.

Franschhoek is very close to Paarl. In March in Franschhoek, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Stellenbosch.
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Stellenbosch — 2 nights

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Dedicate the 2nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of The Stellenbosch Village Museum, engage your brain at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, learn about winemaking at Spier Wine Farm, and get to know the fascinating history of Dorp Street.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Stellenbosch online trip itinerary builder.

Stellenbosch is very close to Franschhoek. In April, daytime highs in Stellenbosch are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Greyton.
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Greyton — 3 nights

Greyton is a small town in the Overberg area in the Western Cape, South Africa.Early historyBefore Greyton was established in 1854, the verdant plains and forested ravines of the area were home to the Hassequas khoikhoi tribe who had their kraals near the Gobos river, which they named after their ancestral chief. Take a break from Greyton with a short trip to The Caledon Casino in Caledon, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Greyton Nature Reserve, learn about winemaking at Swallow Hill Vineyard and Winery, appreciate the history behind Genadendal National Monument, and grab your bike and head to Greyton Genadendal Mountain Bike Route.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Greyton route planner.

Drive from Stellenbosch to Greyton in 2 hours. In April in Greyton, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hermanus.
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Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hermanus trip planner.

Traveling by car from Greyton to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You'll set off for Stanford on the 7th (Thu).
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Stanford

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Stanford road trip planning site.

Stanford is very close to Hermanus. In April, daily temperatures in Stanford can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You'll set off for Gansbaai on the 7th (Thu).
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Gansbaai

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
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Gansbaai is very close to Stanford. April in Gansbaai sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. You'll set off for McGregor on the 7th (Thu).
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McGregor — 1 night

McGregor is a small village in the mountains of the Western Cape, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Lord's Wines and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the McGregor planning site.

You can drive from Gansbaai to McGregor in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Robertson.
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Robertson

A small town with a big heart, Robertson lies in beautiful Wineland surrounded by mountainous scenery, charming visitors with jacaranda-lined streets, vineyards, and Edwardian and Victorian houses.
For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Robertson sightseeing planning app.

Robertson is just a stone's throw from McGregor. April in Robertson sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will leave for Montagu on the 8th (Fri).
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Montagu

A gateway to the fertile hills and valleys of the Little Karoo and a stop on historic Route 62, the scenic village of Montagu captivates with its quaint Cape Dutch architecture and mineral hot springs.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Montagu tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Robertson to Montagu takes an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Montagu can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You'll set off for Swellendam on the 8th (Fri).
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Swellendam — 3 nights

Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Venture out of the city with trips to De Hoop Whale Trail (in Bredasdorp) and De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail (in De Hoop Nature Reserve). Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Bontebok National Park. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, look for gifts at Chocolat Etc., stroll through Marloth Nature Reserve, and take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Swellendam trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Montagu to Swellendam in an hour. April in Swellendam sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Barrydale.
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Barrydale

Barrydale is a village located on the border of the Overberg and Klein Karoo regions of the Western Cape Province in South Africa. For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Barrydale holiday planner.

Drive from Swellendam to Barrydale in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 11th (Mon), you'll travel to Matjiesfontein.
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Matjiesfontein — 1 night

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Matjiesfontein trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Barrydale to Matjiesfontein by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Calitzdorp on the 12th (Tue).
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Calitzdorp — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Boplaas and then learn about winemaking at De Krans Wines. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Oude Postkantoor and then don't miss a visit to Roger Young Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Calitzdorp online itinerary planner.

Getting from Matjiesfontein to Calitzdorp by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.
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Oudtshoorn — 2 nights

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and then experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Farm.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn road trip site.

Traveling by car from Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn takes an hour. In April, daytime highs in Oudtshoorn are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mossel Bay.
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Mossel Bay — 1 night

A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
On the 17th (Sun), examine the collection at Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mossel Bay travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. April in Mossel Bay sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Knysna Heads and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park and then stroll through Knysna Elephant Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Mossel Bay to Knysna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. April in Knysna sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to De Rust.
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De Rust — 2 nights

On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Meiringspoort Waterfall and then take in breathtaking views at Meiringspoort.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the De Rust trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Knysna to De Rust takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Knysna in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in De Rust, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Prince Albert.
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Prince Albert — 2 nights

Prince Albert, South Africa is a small town in the Western Cape in South Africa. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Gay's Guernsey Dairy and then examine the collection at Fransie Pienaar Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): look for gifts at O for Olive Farm Shop, then do a tasting at Fernskloof Wines, and then view the masterpieces at Villa Kruger.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Prince Albert tour planner.

Getting from De Rust to Prince Albert by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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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