12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
2
Mossel Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Wilderness
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Knysna
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Dammam

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Relax by the water at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Get outdoors at Robben Island Museum and Cape Point. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip planner .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 1 hour. In August, Cape Town is cooler than Dammam - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

1
night
Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay ©
A popular stopover on South Africa's famous Garden Route, Mossel Bay charms tourists with its picturesque sandy shore that stretches along the Indian Ocean, and its pleasant, mild climate.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of ATKV’s Hartenbos Museum, take an in-depth tour of Janine Iron and Washing Museum, then stop by La Chocolaterie Rococo, and finally kick back and relax at Diaz Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mossel Bay trip builder tool .

You can fly from Cape Town to Mossel Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wilderness.

Things to do in Mossel Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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ATKV’s Hartenbos Museum ©
ATKV’s Hartenbos Museum
La Chocolaterie Rococo ©
La Chocolaterie Rococo

2
nights
Wilderness

Wilderness ©
On a vacation in Wilderness, a coastal resort town on the Garden Route, you'll have easy access to a multitude of nature trails and activities set among the rivers, beaches, and forests of Wilderness National Park and Goukama Nature Reserve.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Outeniqua Transport Museum, explore the galleries of Cape Palette Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Palms Garden Square. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, then browse the different shops at Garden Route Mall, and then kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Wilderness day trip app .

Traveling by car from Mossel Bay to Wilderness takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mossel Bay in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Wilderness, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Knysna.

Things to do in Wilderness

Shopping Museums Parks

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Cape Palette Art Gallery ©
Cape Palette Art Gallery
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Dutch Reformed Mother Church ©
Dutch Reformed Mother Church

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Birds of Eden, and then stroll through Robberg Nature Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, hunt for treasures at Mosaic Outdoor Market, then take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads, and finally look for gifts at Goldsmiths Knysna | Bespoke Jewellers | Diamond Dealers.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Knysna trip planner .

You can drive from Wilderness to Knysna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Wilderness in August, Knysna is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Plettenberg Bay
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Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads

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