11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  25​h
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cape Town
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  24​h
End: Washington DC

4
nights
Johannesburg

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill and Mandela House. You'll explore and learn at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Montecasino in Sandton, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, look for gifts at Sandton City Shopping Centre, take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre, and make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Johannesburg itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in November: highs in Johannesburg hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Sandton
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island and Castle of Good Hope. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Cape Town, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

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