11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  23​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Sydney

4
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Table Mountain National Park and Boulders Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, and make a trip to Casa Labia Café.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 8 hours. In July in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Nelspruit.

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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach

2
days
Nelspruit

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nelspruit vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in July: highs in Nelspruit hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

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Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©

2
days
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stroll through Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Thornybush Game Reserve.

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Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

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Kruger National Park
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1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and finally steep yourself in history at South Western Townships.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip generator.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg by combination of flight and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Hoedspruit in August, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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