21 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

21 days in South Africa & Namibia Itinerary

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1
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 3 nights
2
Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
3
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
4
Springbok, South Africa
— 1 night
5
Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
6
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 2 nights
7
Walvis Bay, Namibia
— 2 nights

3
nights
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of St Michael and St George and Seal Point. Get out of town with these interesting Port Elizabeth side-trips: Mosaic Studio (in Kenton-on-Sea) and St Patrick's Catholic Church (in Grahamstown). Spend the 22nd (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Prince Alfred's Guard Memorial.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth road trip website.

Doha, Qatar to Port Elizabeth is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Doha to Port Elizabeth due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Doha in July, with highs in Port Elizabeth at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grahamstown, Seal Point, Mosaic Studio
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Seal Point ©
Seal Point
Cathedral of St Michael and St George
Cathedral of St Michael and St George

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Knysna, South Africa

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.
You'll explore and learn at Palms Garden Square and Peggy's African Art and Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and Robberg Nature Reserve. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to The Crags (Birds of Eden & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary) and Cape Palette Art Gallery (in George). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Jandreart Studio.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Knysna road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Port Elizabeth to Knysna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In July in Knysna, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Cape Palette Art Gallery, Palms Garden Square
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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

7
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visit Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach for some beach relaxation. Let the collections at District Six Museum and Gold of Africa Museum capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, go for a walk through Maclear's Beacon, and admire all the interesting features of Cape Point.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town visit planner.

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Knysna in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Cape Town. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Springbok.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

1
night
Springbok, South Africa

Springbok ©
Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. On the 2nd (Sun), stroll through Goegap Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Springbok day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Springbok takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Springbok, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Springbok

Wildlife Parks
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Goegap Nature Reserve ©
Goegap Nature Reserve

2
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, thenplay a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, and then admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Windhoek itinerary maker site.

Getting from Springbok to Windhoek by car takes about 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central Africa Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Springbok in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche

2
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
On the 5th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Swakopmund day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Swakopmund takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Windhoek in August, expect nights in Swakopmund to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Walvis Bay.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Swakopmund Museum ©
Swakopmund Museum

2
nights
Walvis Bay, Namibia

A pleasant port city, Walvis Bay offers tourists a variety of urban entertainment options that complement its many natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Walvis Bay road trip planner.

Drive from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Walvis Bay can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Off-Road Tours

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