13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 2 nights
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Hermanus
— 2 nights
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Swellendam
— 1 night
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Oudtshoorn
— 2 nights
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Knysna
— 3 nights
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Graaff-Reinet
— 1 night

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 10th (Wed), see the interesting displays at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town holiday builder.

Mumbai, India to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Cape Town, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in May, expect Cape Town to be cooler, temps between 24°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the galleries of Lembu Gallery & Studio, enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony and then learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Dieux.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus online day trip planner.

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. May in Hermanus sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

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Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Apostolic Church, then make a trip to NG Kerk Swellendam, then explore the galleries of Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Swellendam trip maker tool.

You can drive from Hermanus to Swellendam in 2 hours. May in Swellendam sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Swellendam

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
Old Apostolic Church ©
Old Apostolic Church

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Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
On the 16th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum, relax in the rural setting at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, then stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and finally stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn online trip maker.

You can drive from Swellendam to Oudtshoorn in 3 hours. May in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Holy Trinity Church and Jandreart Studio. Attractions like Brenton on Sea and Garden Route National Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary in The Crags (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Knysna online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Knysna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

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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.
On the 20th (Sat), stroll through Valley of Desolation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): explore the world behind art at First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre, then see the interesting displays at The Owl House, and then examine the collection at Old Residency.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Graaff-Reinet trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Knysna to Graaff-Reinet by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre ©

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