14 days in South Africa Itinerary

14 days in South Africa Itinerary

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14 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Knysna
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Hoedspruit
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Nelspruit
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
7
St Lucia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Houston

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get great views at Cape of Good Hope, then identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and then head off the coast to Robben Island Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Groote Kerk, and finally kick back and relax at Bloubergstrand Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town itinerary planner .

Houston, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Cape Town is 8 hours. In August, Cape Town is cooler than Houston - with highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

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
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

2
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, then stroll through Stony Point Penguin Colony, and then take in the pleasant sights at Hermanus Cliff Path.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
On the 30th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, then make a trip to Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Struisbaai Beach.

Make your Cape Agulhas itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B ©
Oceanview Guesthouse/B&B

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): stroll through Radical Raptors, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, then explore the striking landscape of Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, and finally stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Knysna Lagoon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Knysna travel route planner .

You can drive from Cape Agulhas to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cape Agulhas in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Knysna, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness Beach
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Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and then stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Knysna to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Knysna, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hoedspruit, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge ©
Tshukudu Game Lodge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit travel planner .

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Veyane Cultural Village, explore the activities along Saint Lucia Estuary, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Heritage Tours & Safaris.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to St Lucia in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time 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
Veyane Cultural Village ©
Veyane Cultural Village

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