35 days in Western Cape Itinerary

35 days in Western Cape Itinerary

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35 days in Western Cape Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  4​h
1
Cape Town
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Mossel Bay
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Knysna
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Durban

10
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 nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip app .

Durban to Cape Town is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Durban in January, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

7
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Drostdy Museum (in Swellendam), Marbrin Olive Growers (in Robertson) and Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum, Stony Brook Vineyards, & more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Betty's Bay Main Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path, and learn about winemaking at Oneiric Wines.

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Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Betty's Bay, Iona Wine Farm, Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, Oneiric Wines
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Shark Diving

7
nights
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mossel Bay: Umkhondo Big Five (in Albertina), Oudtshoorn (Swartberg Pass, Safari Ostrich Show Farm, & more) and Stilbaai (Lappiesbaai Beach & Geelkrans Nature Reserve). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Redberry Farm, learn about winemaking at Boplaas Garden Route Tasting Room, kick back and relax at Santos Beach, and don't miss a visit to Roger Young Gallery.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mossel Bay driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Mossel Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hermanus in January, plan for little chillier days in Mossel Bay, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oudtshoorn, George, Stilbaai, Roger Young Gallery, Umkhondo Big Five
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Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm

10
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.
Knysna Elephant Park has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knysna: Robberg Nature Reserve (in Plettenberg Bay), Storms River bridge (in Port Elizabeth) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, hike along Waterfall Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mitchell's Brewery, and kick back and relax at Bollard Bay.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Knysna route planner.

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Knysna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tsitsikamma National Park, Plettenberg Bay, Storms River bridge, The Dolphin Trail
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Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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