17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Hermanus
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
End: Brussels

2
nights
Durban

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Golden Mile. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Umhlanga Main Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. It doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Gateway Theatre of Shopping and get your game on at Epic Karting Galleria.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Durban travel route site .

Brussels, Belgium to Durban is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Durban, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, KartingKZN Galleria, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile
Scuba & Snorkeling
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Garden Route National Park and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Brenton on Sea and Knysna Lagoon. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to The Crags (Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary & Birds of Eden) and Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness). There's more to do: browse the exhibits of Jandreart Studio.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Knysna online route planner .

You can fly from Durban to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durban in August: high temperatures in Knysna hover around 21°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Take a break from the city and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. Relax by the water at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to Bredasdorp to see De Hoop Nature Reserve about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Knysna to Hermanus takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Knysna in August since evenings lows in Hermanus dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, Stony Point Penguin Colony, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Bloubergstrand Beach. Shop till you drop at The Old Biscuit Mill and Martin Osner Fine Art Photography Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Cape Town to West Coast National Park to see West Coast National Park about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: trek along Platteklip Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, buy something for everyone on your list at Cape Quarter Mall, and get great views at Cape Point.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip website .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Cape Town are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

West Coast National Park
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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