18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Curitiba
Fly + Drive:  21​h 30​min
1
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cape Agulhas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Knysna
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Curitiba

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step out of the city life by going to Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary and Franschhoek Pass. You'll get in some beach time at Grotto Beach and Kwaaiwater. Go for a jaunt from Hermanus to Betty's Bay to see Stony Point Penguin Colony about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: go for a walk through Hermanus Cliff Path.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hermanus road trip planning app .

Curitiba, Brazil to Hermanus is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In December in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Cape Agulhas.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Franschhoek Pass, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Hermanus Cliff Path ©
Hermanus Cliff Path
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony

1
night
Cape Agulhas

Cape Agulhas ©
On the 23rd (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, then explore and take pictures at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa, and then stroll through Struisbaai Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cape Agulhas trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Agulhas takes 2 hours. December in Cape Agulhas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Agulhas

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Cape Agulhas Lighthouse ©
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

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.
Get outdoors at Buffalo Bay and Wilderness Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Knysna Lagoon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Storms River Suspension Bridge (in Tsitsikamma National Park), Outeniqua Transport Museum (in George) and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (in The Crags). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brenton on Sea, sample the tasty concoctions at Sedgefield Craft Brewery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

Discover how to plan a Knysna trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cape Agulhas to Knysna in 4.5 hours. December in Knysna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Outeniqua Transport Museum, Suspension Bridge, Wilderness Beach
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and The Elephant Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Step out of Hoedspruit to go to Hazyview and see Elephant Whispers, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Designs.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Knysna to Hoedspruit in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Knysna in December, expect nights in Hoedspruit to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Hazyview, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Platteklip Gorge and !Khwa ttu. Fairview Wine and Cheese and Castle of Good Hope are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Arra Vineyards (in Klapmuts) and Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fish Hoek Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in December: highs in Cape Town hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, Arra Vineyards, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Franschhoek Motor Museum, !Khwa ttu
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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