A local’s 3 week South Africa itinerary from Cape Town along the Garden Route to the surf mecca of Jeffreys Bay, Addo Elephant National Park, Coffee Bay, Drakensberg all the way north to tropical Santa Lucia.
|Our 3 Week South Africa Itinerary|
|1. Cape Town|
|2. Cape of Good Hope|
|3. Stellenbosch / Cape Winelands|
|4. Hermanus, Kap Agulhas & Mossel Bay|
|5. Wilderness- and Tsitsikamma National Park|
|6. Jeffreys Bay|
|7. Addo Elephant National Park|
|8. Coffee Bay|
|10. Santa Lucia and Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park|
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1. Cape Town
We hiked up to the top of the Table Mountain and tooked the cable car back for the way down. I normally don’t take the red tourist buses you can see all over the world but the one in Cape Town with the route via Camps Bay is actually pretty good.
We stayed close to Long Street and walked through the centre and to the old malayian quarter Bo-Kaap.
A nice sunset spot is the beach of Bloubergstrand from where you can see over the whole bay and the Table Mountain.
2. Cape of Good Hope
You can plan one day for the Cape of Good Hope. We drove all the way down to the lighthouse and the famous sign, walked a while around at each place and stopped on the way back to Cape Town in Simons Town for Dinner and to see the penguins.
3. Stellenbosch / Cape Winelands
We did an organized wine tasting tour from Cape Town where they pick you up at your accommodation and then goes to several wineries. The wineries are all different, some have been pretty old and some others had a minimalistic modern design. All of them are located in a stunning scenery. Of course there is a glas to try at each place.
4. Hermanus, Kap Agulhas & Mossel Bay
We had to drive to our next accommodation in Mossel Bay and on the way we first stopped in Hermanus where you can see whales from the shore.
Next stop was Kap Agulhas which is the southern most point of Africa. There is a lighthouse and a sign but that’s pretty it.
We had two nights in Mossel Bay but unfortunately it was raining. We did a Sandboarding tour which is a little bit faster than normal on wet sand.
5. Wilderness- and Tsitsikamma National Park
You can rent a kayak and paddle all the way up the river in the Wilderness National Park. As soon as there is not enough water to paddle anymore, leave the kayaks and continue by foot for half an hour to some waterfalls. The tour takes around 2 hours each direction.
Tsitsikamma National Park has nice trails on the shore and some suspension bridges over the water. We spend half a day there and continued afterwards to Jeffreys Bay.
6. Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay is one of the best surf spots in South Africa and part of the World Surf League Tour. There are many surf schools and also outlets of the big surf brands.
So if you want to go surfing it’s just the perfect place to go.
7. Addo Elephant National Park
You can drive with your own car through the Addo Park. Go there early. At the entrance is a sign where you see the most likely spot per animal to see them.
We saw lots of deer, bulls and elephants. After that we continued with one overnight stop to Coffee Bay.
8. Coffee Bay
Coffee Bay is a small village on the Wild Coast. The most popular sight is the Hole in the Wall which is a stone arch on the beach.
We haven’t been there and went surfing instead and made some cool tours that were organized by the hostel.
After a long drive via Durban we arrived in a hotel close to Drakensberg where we hiked to the Amphitheatre. You can also take a tour to Lesotho but thats a lot of driving I would not recommend it for just one day.
10. Santa Lucia and Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park
The water around Santa Lucia is pretty warm and the coconut palms are proof that you arrived in the tropics.
There are some nice beaches and it’s also a good place to dive.
As a day trip we went to Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park where we saw giraffes, elephants and zebras.