31 days in South Africa Itinerary

31 days in South Africa Itinerary

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31 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cuneo
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
St Lucia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Knysna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Bredasdorp
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Hermanus
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Langebaan
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  32​h
End: Cuneo

3
nights
St Lucia

St Lucia ©
The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Canerat Crafts. Visiting Saint Lucia Estuary and Heritage Tours & Safaris will get you outdoors. There's more to do: browse the different shops at Mtuba Mall.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our St Lucia trip itinerary planner.

Cuneo, Italy to St Lucia is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Heritage Tours & Safaris, Mtuba Mall
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Canerat Crafts ©
Canerat Crafts

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Featherbed Nature Reserve and Brenton on Sea. Step out of Knysna to go to The Crags and see Elephant Sanctuary, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Pledge Nature Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, take a peaceful walk through Garden Route National Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from St Lucia to Knysna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags ©
Elephant Sanctuary The Crags

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm. Explore hidden gems such as Swartberg Pass and Wilgewandel Holiday Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Meiringspoort (in De Rust) and Calitzdorp (Boplaas, Gamka River Safari Co. - Day Rides, & more). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Knysna to Oudtshoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bredasdorp.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, Meiringspoort
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort
Gamka River Safari Co. - Day Rides ©
Gamka River Safari Co. - Day Rides

4
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. Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as De Hoop Nature Reserve and Kassiesbaai. Step out of Bredasdorp to go to Swellendam and see Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve and trek along De Hoop Whale Trail.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bredasdorp custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Bredasdorp takes 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Bredasdorp are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Bredasdorp

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Arniston, Cape Agulhas, Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
De Hoop Nature Reserve ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve

5
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Get in touch with nature at Grotto Beach and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Voelklip Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Stanford Hills Estate in Stanford (about 30 minutes away). Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 22nd (Sun) with a shark diving experience. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, and do a tasting at Raka Wine.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hermanus trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bredasdorp to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stanford, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Shark Diving
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

5
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 Clifton Beaches and Muizenberg. Get in touch with nature at Bloubergstrand Beach and Boschendal Manor & Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Vergelegen Estate (in Somerset West), Fish Hoek Beach (in Cape Town Central) and Spier Wine Farm (in Stellenbosch). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Groot Constantia, enjoy the sand and surf at Camp's Bay Beach, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Langebaan.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fairview Wine and Cheese, Spier Wine Farm, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

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nights
Langebaan

Langebaan ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at West Coast National Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Langebaan vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Langebaan takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Langebaan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Langebaan

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

West Coast National Park
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West Coast National Park ©
West Coast National Park
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon ©
Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon

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