26 days in South Africa Itinerary

26 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Fly
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Hermanus
— 6 nights
Drive
3
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Knysna
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly

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6
nights
Cape Town

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get in touch with nature at Helderberg Nature Reserve and Platteklip Gorge. Step off the beaten path and head to Abseil Africa and Drakenstein Lion Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Topiary Wines (in Wemmershoek), Franschhoek (Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, First South African Perfume Museum, &more) and Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve (in Paarl). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Hi5 Paragliding, kick back and relax at Foxy Beach, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, and cruise along Victoria Road (M6).

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town holiday planner.

Cranbrook, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 36-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Cranbrook to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Cranbrook in December: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 23:
Highlights from your trip
Platteklip Gorge ©
Must see
Platteklip Gorge
4.8
Abseil Africa ©
Must see
Abseil Africa
4.8

6
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Take a break from the city and head to Waenhuiskrans Caves and The Tradouwspass. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary and Heaven and Earth Trails. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve (in Arniston), Shipwreck Museum (in Bredasdorp) and Pringle Bay Beach (in Pringle Bay). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, stroll through Betty's Bay Main Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Seaside Dunes, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kleinmond Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus travel route planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hermanus are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 29:
Highlights from your trip
Walker Bay Adventures ©
Kayaking / Canoeing
Walker Bay Adventures
4.9
The Tradouwspass ©
Hiking Trail
The Tradouwspass
5.0

3
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Untouched Adventures and Natures Valley Beach. Get outdoors at Waterfall Trail and The Dolphin Trail. There's much more to do: stroll through Otter Trail, get outside with Tsitsikamma Adventure Land, don't miss a visit to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, and snap pictures at Storms River bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tsitsikamma National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Hermanus to Tsitsikamma National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Knysna.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your trip
Waterfall Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Waterfall Trail
4.6
Untouched Adventures ©
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Untouched Adventures
4.3
The Dolphin Trail ©
Hiking Trail
The Dolphin Trail
4.6

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Buffalo Bay and Knysna RIB Adventures. Discover out-of-the-way places like Radical Raptors and Simola Golf. Explore Knysna's surroundings by going to Plettenberg Bay (Plettenberg Beach & Plettenberg Bay Country Club). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Gerickes Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Bollard Bay, hike along Drupkelders Hiking Trail, and savor the flavors at Harkerville Saturday Village Market.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Knysna holiday builder app.

Traveling by car from Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Knysna, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
Highlights from your trip
Radical Raptors ©
Must see
Radical Raptors
4.7
Gerickes Point ©
Must see
Gerickes Point
4.8
Knysna RIB Adventures ©
Speed Boats Tour
Knysna RIB Adventures
4.9

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bushbaby Adventures and Siyafunda Conservation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Abel Erasmus Pass and Berlin Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa) and Nyalaland Wilderness Trail (in Kruger National Park). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tshukudu Game Lodge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Hoedspruit takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Knysna in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hoedspruit, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
Highlights from your trip
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Nature / Park
Tshukudu Game Lodge
4.3
Abel Erasmus Pass ©
Off-Road / ATV Trail
Abel Erasmus Pass
4.6

2
nights
Nelspruit

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): scramble along the landscape with Kestell Adventures and then stroll through Forest Falls Nature Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, see the interesting displays at Barberton Museum, then hike along Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Open Skies Wilderness Expeditions.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
Highlights from your trip
Kestell Adventures ©
Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Kestell Adventures
4.8
Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail ©
World heritage site
Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail
4.9
Sudwala Dinosaur Park ©
Specialty Museum
Sudwala Dinosaur Park
2.1

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