12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Miami
bus + Fly:  26​h
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  31​h
Miami

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Cave Adventures. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then try to win big at Montecasino, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lion and Safari Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg custom trip planner.

Miami, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 7 hours. In June, Johannesburg is much colder than Miami - with highs of 65°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Tours Nightlife

Side Trips

Montecasino, Lion and Safari Park, Mandela House, Wild Cave Adventures
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Wild Cave Adventures
Lion and Safari Park
Apartheid Museum

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Kruger National Park and Off-Road & ATV Trails. Spend the 1st (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and browse the different shops at Ilanga Mall.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Nelspruit sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in July since evenings lows in Nelspruit dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kruger National Park
Safaris

5
days
Cape Town

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Boulders Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Visiting Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fish Hoek Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nelspruit in July, plan for little chillier days in Cape Town, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape of Good Hope
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach

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