23 days in South Africa Itinerary

23 days in South Africa Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: George
Fly:  2 h 30 min
1
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Cape Agulhas
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h
4
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Knysna
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h
End: George

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Franschhoek Motor Museum and Fairview Wine and Cheese. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Franschhoek (Eikehof & First South African Perfume Museum), Arra Vineyards (in Klapmuts) and Stellenbosch (Keermont Vineyards, Waterford Estate, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Cape Town travel app.

George to Cape Town is an approximately 2.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Arra Vineyards, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Marbrin Olive Growers and Viljoensdrift. Relax by the water at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery (in Franschhoek), Swellendam (Drostdy Museum & Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery) and Goedverwacht Wine Estate (in Bonnievale). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Pringle Bay Beach, and learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hermanus day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. March in Hermanus sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Swellendam, Robertson, Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

3
nights
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Sijnn Winery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Shipwreck Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Agulhas: Waenhuiskrans Caves (in Arniston) and De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail (in De Hoop Nature Reserve).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Agulhas online route planner.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas takes 2 hours. March in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Waenhuiskrans Caves, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail, Sijnn Winery, Shipwreck Museum
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Sijnn Winery ©
Sijnn Winery

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, then examine the collection at The Owl House, and then explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St James the Great Anglican Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Desolation, and then see the interesting displays at The Reinet House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Graaff-Reinet attractions planning app.

You can drive from Cape Agulhas to Graaff-Reinet in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nieu-Bethesda
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The Owl House ©
The Owl House
The Reinet House ©
The Reinet House
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Buffalo Bay and Plettenberg Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George), Wilderness (Tiny Shop & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sedgefield Craft Brewery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and learn about winemaking at Plettenvale Wines.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Knysna holiday builder app.

Drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Knysna, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, Outeniqua Transport Museum
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

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