12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Curitiba
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hermanus
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
Oudtshoorn
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Knysna
— 1 night
bus + taxi + Fly:  25​h
Curitiba

3
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get some cultural insight at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Klein Constantia. Visiting Clifton Beaches and Bloubergstrand Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek), Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at District Six Museum, play a few rounds at Atlantic Beach Golf Club, and explore and take pictures at Chapman's Peak Drive.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planning website .

Curitiba, Brazil to Cape Town is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Curitiba to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive, Boschendal Wine Estate, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
The Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
The Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

2
days
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 27th (Sat), view the masterpieces at LEMBU gallery, kick back and relax at Voelklip Beach, then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and finally kick back and relax at Grotto Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kwaaiwater, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernkloof Nature Reserve, and then stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Hermanus are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Fernkloof Nature Reserve ©
Fernkloof Nature Reserve

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort Waterfall. Step off the beaten path and head to Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Wilgewandel Holiday Farm. Take a break from Oudtshoorn with a short trip to Meiringspoort in De Rust, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, and Head underground at The Cango Caves.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hermanus in January: highs in Oudtshoorn hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

De Rust
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm ©
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brenton on Sea, and then kick back and relax at Buffalo Bay. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Knysna day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Knysna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
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Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Featherbed Nature Reserve ©
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Knysna Lagoon ©
Knysna Lagoon

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