20 days in South Africa Itinerary

20 days in South Africa Itinerary

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20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Hermanus
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Town
— 4 nights
3
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Dammam

11
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Phillipskop Mountain Reserve and IBIS Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Attractions like Grotto Beach and Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hermanus: Gansbaai (African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary & Shark Diving), Bredasdorp (Shipwreck Museum & Agulhas National Park) and Waenhuiskrans Caves (in Arniston). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Klipgat Caves, view the masterpieces at Lembu Gallery & Studio, and get outside with American Dream Cars.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hermanus trip planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Hermanus is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dammam in August: high temperatures in Hermanus hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Robertson, Arniston, Montagu, Bredasdorp, Stanford
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Waenhuiskrans Caves ©
Waenhuiskrans Caves
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Attractions like Bloubergstrand Beach and Cape Point make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Robben Island Museum and Heart of Cape Town Museum. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at The Old Biscuit Mill, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, view the masterpieces at Martin Osner Fine Art Photography Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town tour planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Cape Town sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach

2
nights
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
For shopping fun, head to Everard Read Gallery or Mpho Art & Design House. Explore hidden gems such as Constitution Hill and Maboneng Precinct. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Regina Mundi, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market on Main.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg route planner .

Fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Everard Read Gallery ©
Everard Read Gallery
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct

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