12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Port Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Hobie Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kragga Kamma Game Park, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Elizabeth online trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Port Elizabeth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Port Elizabeth: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Safaris
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

2
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
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 26th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, stroll through Knysna Elephant Park, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, stroll through Birds of Eden, and then stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip planner .

Drive from Port Elizabeth to Knysna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

2
nights
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
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.
On the 28th (Thu), experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Head underground at Cango Caves, and then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Doornkraal Padstal, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and then stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn trip planner .

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Doornkraal Padstal
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for parks, beaches, historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, explore and take pictures at Cape Point, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Oudtshoorn in November: highs in Cape Town hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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