32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
St Lucia
— 3 nights
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
3
Hazyview
— 4 nights
4
Graaff-Reinet
— 2 nights
5
Knysna
— 4 nights
6
Cape Agulhas
— 3 nights
7
Hermanus
— 4 nights
8
Cape Town
— 6 nights

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Zulu Croc Reptile Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St Lucia: Emdoneni Cheetah project (in Hluhluwe Game Reserve), Zamimpilo Community Market (in Ophondweni) and Tunga Needlework Studio (in Hluhluwe). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the St Lucia trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to St Lucia is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to St Lucia is minus 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Zamimpilo Community Market, Tunga Needlework Studio
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hippo Jessica. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park) and Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit online attractions planner.

You can fly from St Lucia to Hoedspruit in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Qualito Craft Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Hippo Jessica ©
Hippo Jessica

4
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and Elephant Whispers. Get out of town with these interesting Hazyview side-trips: Wonder View (in Graskop), Rottcher Wineries (in White River) and Sabie (Mary Shire Falls & Lone Creek Falls). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hazyview trip builder website.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in November, you will find days in Hazyview are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Graaff-Reinet.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mpumalanga, Sabie, Wonder View, Bourkes' Luck Potholes, Rottcher Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve ©
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

2
nights
Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet ©
Regarded as the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, Graaff-Reinet represents a well-preserved historic Dutch colonial settlement, set 750 (2,460 ft) above sea level on the banks of the Sundays River.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Owl House and The Reinet House. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valley of Desolation and Mountain Zebra National Park. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St James the Great Anglican Church and explore the world behind art at Hester Rupert Art Museum.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Graaff-Reinet road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hazyview to Graaff-Reinet in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Graaff-Reinet

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

The Owl House, Mountain Zebra National Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Desolation ©
Valley of Desolation
The Owl House ©
The Owl House
Mountain Zebra National Park ©
Mountain Zebra National Park

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brenton on Sea and Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. We've included these beaches for you: Wilderness Beach and Buffalo Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George), Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Wilderness). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Garden Route National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St George's Anglican Church, take an in-depth tour of Knysna Museum, and view the masterpieces at Old Gaol and Art Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Knysna online trip maker.

You can drive from Graaff-Reinet to Knysna in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Knysna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, Outeniqua Transport Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

3
nights
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. Explore hidden gems such as De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail and Oh My ArtsCrafts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Agulhas: Shipwreck Museum (in Bredasdorp), Waenhuiskrans Caves (in Arniston) and Strandveld Vineyards (in Elim).

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cape Agulhas trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Knysna to Cape Agulhas by car takes about 4.5 hours. December in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Shipwreck Museum, Oh My ArtsCrafts, Waenhuiskrans Caves, Strandveld Vineyards, De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail
Highlights from your plan
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail ©
De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail

4
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Shark Diving. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Swellendam (Swellendam Hiking Trail & Drostdy Museum). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path, stop by Provenance, and stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Cape Agulhas to Hermanus by car takes about 2 hours. December in Hermanus sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Swellendam, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Stony Point Penguin Colony
Highlights from your plan
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Franschhoek Motor Museum and First South African Perfume Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Bloubergstrand Beach and Fish Hoek Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass & Eikehof), Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (in Stellenbosch) and !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Paternoster Beach, examine the collection at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twelve Apostles.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town planning site.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Paternoster Beach, Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, !Khwa ttu, West Coast Fossil Park
Highlights from your plan
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Paternoster Beach ©
Paternoster Beach
West Coast Fossil Park ©
West Coast Fossil Park

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