24 days in South Africa Itinerary

24 days in South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly + Taxi:  16​h
1
Hermanus
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5​h
2
Hazyview
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  9​h 30​min
3
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Berlin

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Explore hidden gems such as Hermanus Cliff Path and Franschhoek Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Swellendam (Chocolat Etc. & Drostdy Museum), De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail (in De Hoop Nature Reserve) and Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa (in Cape Agulhas). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach, stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus travel route planner .

Berlin, Germany to Hermanus is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Hermanus is 1 hour. In December in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Swellendam, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Franschhoek Pass, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Franschhoek Pass ©
Franschhoek Pass

3
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Whispers and Three Roundavels. Change things up with these side-trips from Hazyview: Lone Creek Falls (in Sabie), Sudwala Caves (in Nelspruit) and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre (in Hoedspruit). It doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hazyview travel route planner .

Getting from Hermanus to Hazyview by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December in Hazyview, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Sudwala Caves, Lone Creek Falls, Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, Wonder View
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©

2
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of Desolation and Old Residency. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Graaff-Reinet: Nieu-Bethesda (The Owl House & The Honesty Shop) and Mountain Zebra National Park (in Cradock). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Reinet House and explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hazyview to Graaff-Reinet takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nieu-Bethesda, Mountain Zebra National Park
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Highgate Ostrich Show Farm and Wilgewandel Holiday Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to De Rust (Meiringspoort Waterfall & Meiringspoort), St. Blaize Trail (in Mossel Bay) and George (Redberry Farm & Outeniqua Transport Museum). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Bella-Mia Pottery.

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You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In January in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

George, De Rust, St. Blaize Trail
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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St. Blaize Trail ©
St. Blaize Trail
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brenton on Sea and Garden Route National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Knysna side-trips: Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness), Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth) and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Buffalo Bay, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and take in the views from Suspension Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Knysna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Storms River bridge, Wilderness Beach, Suspension Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Franschhoek Motor Museum and Vergelegen Estate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park) and Eikehof (in Franschhoek). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, learn about winemaking at Spier Wine Farm, get curious at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, and see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town visit planner .

You can fly from Knysna to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, West Coast National Park, Chapman's Peak Drive, Fairview Wine and Cheese
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 18:
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Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Vergelegen Estate ©
Vergelegen Estate

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