My boyfriend and I are visiting South Africa for the first time in October and we can't wait! We are two 31 year olds who enjoy beautiful scenery, good food, wine, sunsets, wildlife and walking. I've been lurking on the forum for a while and have picked up loads of helpful tips and ideas but we're now a bit stuck and would really appreciate your guidance.
This is our draft itinerary so far:
Day 1 (Thursday) - Land in Cape Town at 10am, collect hire car and head to Franschhoek area for two days of relaxation and wine.
Day 3 (Saturday) - Drive from Franschhoek to De Hoop Nature Reserve for two days of hiking, sand dunes and whale watching. (Provisional route the R43, possibly stopping off in Greyton then onto the N2.)
Day 5 (Monday) - Drive from De Hoop to Knysna (via the N2, possibly stopping off in Swellendam). Three nights in Knysna, with a boat trip on the lagoon, visiting the Forests, elephant park, Robberg Peninsula and possibly Tsitsikamma if we have time.
Day 8 (Thursday) - This is where I think we could really do with an extra day or two (which is sadly not possible)! Our plan is to set off early to drive back to Cape Town from Knysna, via Oudtshoorn, the Swartberg Pass and the R62, but will this be do-able without feeling as if we're rushing it? If we do the journey in one day we'll have four nights in CT. I'm tempted to add an overnight stop somewhere to break up the journey (maybe Montagu or Calitzdorp) but am worried about eating into our time in Cape Town. Thoughts?
Day 12 (Monday) - 7pm flight home from Cape Town :-(
- Would you do the N2 there and the R62 back, or might vice-versa be better?
- Is there anything we've overlooked in terms of which days of the week to spend in which place?
- Have we got enough time in each place or are we trying to do too much?
- Are there any other must-see places that we should visit or drive through?
Any other thoughts, comments or ideas would be much appreciated!
Thanks very much in advance,