Route & dates
11 days in South Africa Itinerary
Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + foot + train: 25h
Johannesburg— 2 nights
Fly: 4h 15min
Cape Town— 6 nights
End: Sao Paulo
City of Light
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.Museum-lovers will appreciate Apartheid Museum and Lindfield Victorian House Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at South African National Museum of Military History and Maboneng Precinct. There's more to do: ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill and look for gifts at Sandton City Shopping Centre.
To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg custom trip planner.
Sao Paulo, Brazil to Johannesburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg is 5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Sao Paulo in December, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.
Things to do in Johannesburg
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach and Llandudno Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island and Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town holiday planner.
Traveling by combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Cape Town
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2: