15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa Trip Planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Bredasdorp
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Porto Alegre

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 Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Garden Route National Park. Step out of Knysna to go to The Crags and see Elephant Sanctuary, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea, identify plant and animal life at Knysna Elephant Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Knysna custom trip planner.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Knysna is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Porto Alegre to Knysna, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags ©
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags

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.
Visiting Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Meiringspoort Waterfall will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Calitzdorp (Gamka River Safari Co. - Day Rides & Calitzdorp Museum). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, stop by Cali Craft & Gems, and explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn vacation builder.

Drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

De Rust, Calitzdorp, La Chocolaterie Rococo
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

2
nights
Bredasdorp

Bredasdorp ©
Bredasdorp is a town in the Southern Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, and the main economic and service hub of that region. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and then explore the striking landscape at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Seaside Dunes, explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waenhuiskrans Caves, and finally steep yourself in history at Kassiesbaai.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bredasdorp trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Bredasdorp takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arniston, Cape Agulhas
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Visiting Stony Point Penguin Colony and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, learn about winemaking at Raka Wine, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bredasdorp to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Stanford, Stony Point Penguin Colony
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Shark Diving

1
night
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll through Boulders Beach and then get great views at Cape of Good Hope. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at District Six Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town travel planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

Similar Plans

17 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM INDIA June, kids, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Australia & South Africa BY A USER FROM INDIA June, kids, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM INDIA December, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM INDIA May, teens, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM INDIA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM FRANCE January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans