30 days in South Africa Itinerary

30 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Knysna
— 7 nights
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Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
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Swellendam
— 3 nights
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Hermanus
— 5 nights
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Langebaan
— 4 nights
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Cape Town
— 5 nights

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Brenton on Sea and Bollard Bay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jandreart Studio and Holy Trinity Church. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Plettenberg Beach (in Plettenberg Bay) and The Crags (Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Elephant Sanctuary The Crags, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, and kick back and relax at Noetzie Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Knysna travel route planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Knysna is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Knysna. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Knysna to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 4:
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

4
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Meiringspoort Waterfall and Swartberg Pass. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Calitzdorp Museum and Boplaas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oudtshoorn: La Chocolaterie Rococo (in Great Brak River), Peter Bayly Wines (in Calitzdorp) and Meiringspoort (in De Rust). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, explore and take pictures at Cango Ostrich Show Farm, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn trip planner.

You can drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Oudtshoorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
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Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm ©
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

3
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Drostdy Museum and Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Magpie Gallery and Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios. Change things up with these side-trips from Swellendam: Inkaroo Jewellery (in Barrydale), De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail (in De Hoop Nature Reserve) and Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (in Montagu). There's more to do: stop by Wilderbraam Berry Estate and stroll through Marloth Nature Reserve.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Swellendam using our trip planner.

Getting from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam by car takes about 3 hours. In January in Swellendam, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Swellendam

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Magpie Gallery ©
Magpie Gallery

5
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Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visit Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate SANSA Space Science and Lembu Gallery & Studio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hermanus: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay). There's still lots to do: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, experience rural life at Klein River Cheese, kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, and learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Dieux.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Hermanus road trip planner.

Getting from Swellendam to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Langebaan.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

4
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Langebaan

Langebaan ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at !Khwa ttu and West Coast Fossil Park. Kids will enjoy Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon and Gaia Crystals. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Langebaan: Darling Sweet (in Darling), West Coast National Park (West Coast National Park & Gamkaberg Nature Reserve) and Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Tietiesbaai (in Paternoster).

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Langebaan trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Langebaan takes 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Langebaan

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
!Khwa ttu ©
!Khwa ttu
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
West Coast Fossil Park ©
West Coast Fossil Park

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Old Biscuit Mill and Verbatim Bookstore. Escape the urban bustle at Bloubergstrand Beach and Llandudno Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek) and Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, examine the collection at District Six Museum, stop by Bebe's Chocolaterie and Gluten Free Patisserie, and enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach.

Discover how to plan a Cape Town trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Langebaan to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. January in Cape Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles

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