17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Nieu-Bethesda
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Kimberley
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
Nelspruit
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
7
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Hyderabad

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.
Robben Island Museum and Groot Constantia will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Bloubergstrand Beach and Twelve Apostles. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town attractions planner .

Hyderabad, India to Cape Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Hyderabad to Cape Town, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hyderabad in December: highs in Cape Town hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step out of the city life by going to Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and Grotto Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails and Voelklip Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Cape Agulhas Lighthouse (in L'Agulhas) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). The adventure continues: get great views at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, and view the masterpieces at Originals Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus trip maker app .

Drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hermanus are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jandreart Studio and Holy Trinity Church. Head to Scarab Village and MLink Glass Studiofor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, kick back and relax at Noetzie, and stroll through Brenton on Sea.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Knysna day trip site .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Knysna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Hermanus in December, plan for slightly colder days in Knysna, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nieu-Bethesda.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Noetzie, Wilderness Beach
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

1
night
Nieu-Bethesda

Nieu-Bethesda ©
Nieu-Bethesda is a village in the Eastern Cape at the foot of the Sneeuberge, approximately 50km from Graaff Reinet. On the 23rd (Mon), stop by Dustcovers, then browse the exhibits of First People Centre at The Bethesda Art Centre, and then see the interesting displays at Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nieu-Bethesda online route planner .

Drive from Knysna to Nieu-Bethesda in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kimberley.

Things to do in Nieu-Bethesda

Shopping Museums
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Dustcovers ©
Dustcovers
Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre ©

1
day
Kimberley

Kimberley ©
As the heart of the Northern Cape's "Diamond Fields"--the region where the glittering jewels were discovered in the 1870s--Kimberley has evolved from a simple mining encampment to a thriving city rich in history and heritage.
On the 24th (Tue), browse the exhibits of William Humphreys Art Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Duggan Cronin Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at The Big Hole Kimberley, and finally examine the collection at Kimberley Mine Museum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kimberley trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Nieu-Bethesda to Kimberley takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Kimberley sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Kimberley

Museums Shopping
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The Big Hole ©
The Big Hole
Kimberley Mine Museum ©
Kimberley Mine Museum
William Humphreys Art Gallery ©
William Humphreys Art Gallery

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 25th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, buy something for everyone on your list at Bagdad Centre, then look for gifts at Africa Joy, and finally savor the flavors at Bagdad Farmers Market.

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

Traveling by car from Kimberley to Nelspruit takes 8.5 hours. When traveling from Kimberley in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nelspruit: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

White River
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Africa Joy ©
Africa Joy

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Heritage Tours & Safaris.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read St Lucia day trip planning site .

Getting from Nelspruit to St Lucia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nelspruit in December: high temperatures in St Lucia hover around 35°C and lows are around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Heritage Tours & Safaris
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary

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