14 days in South Africa Itinerary

14 days in South Africa Itinerary

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14 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Swellendam
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Brenton on Sea. Go for a jaunt from Knysna to Sedgefield to see Mosaic Outdoor Market about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Garden Route National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Knysna itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Knysna is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with highs in Knysna at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo, and then cruise along Swartberg Pass. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Peter Bayly Wines, do a tasting at Boplaas, then experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, and finally look for gifts at Cali Craft & Gems.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Oudtshoorn trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Shopping Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, La Chocolaterie Rococo
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Peter Bayly Wines ©
Peter Bayly Wines
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
La Chocolaterie Rococo ©
La Chocolaterie Rococo

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Wed), look for gifts at Wilderbraam Berry Estate, stop by Bee Things, then get engrossed in the history at Drostdy Museum, then view the masterpieces at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Die Biltong Boetiek.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Swellendam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Swellendam are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Shopping Museums
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Wilderbraam Berry Estate ©
Wilderbraam Berry Estate
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery ©
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto Beach and Funky Vibes. Take a break from the city and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, learn about winemaking at Ataraxia Wines, look for gifts at Quirk & Leopard, and take in the exciting artwork at LEMBU gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hermanus itinerary planner.

Getting from Swellendam to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. October in Hermanus sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step off the beaten path and head to Old Biscuit Mill and Cape Point. Get a sense of the local culture at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Groot Constantia. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
The Old Biscuit Mill ©
The Old Biscuit Mill

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