14 days in South Africa Itinerary

14 days in South Africa Itinerary

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14 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Knysna
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Hoedspruit
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nelspruit
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
St Lucia
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
7
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Head to The Old Biscuit Mill and Cape Quarter Mallfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. There's still lots to do: stroll through Platteklip Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town sightseeing app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town. Traveling from Amsterdam in November, expect nights in Cape Town to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Shop till you drop at Hermanus Country Market and Originals Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Stony Point Penguin Colony and Shark Diving. Change things up with a short trip to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary in Gansbaai (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and look for gifts at Overberg Honey Company.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hermanus 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. November in Hermanus sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Stanford, Stony Point Penguin Colony, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Shark Diving
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©

2
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.
On the 17th (Sun), stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Brenton on Sea and then explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Knysna online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Knysna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hermanus in November, you will find days in Knysna are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

1
night
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
On the 19th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, then stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Hoedspruit takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Knysna in November, expect nights in Hoedspruit to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Kumbaya Home Decor ©
Kumbaya Home Decor

1
night
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
On the 20th (Wed), look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, then buy something for everyone on your list at i'langa Mall, and finally stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. When traveling from Hoedspruit in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nelspruit: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Shopping Parks Wildlife
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i'langa Mall ©
i'langa Mall
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our St Lucia day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to St Lucia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in St Lucia

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

2
nights
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Durban journey tool .

Getting from St Lucia to Durban by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In November, daily temperatures in Durban can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Durban

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Diving

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