12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
2
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Toronto

4
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Cradle of Humankind as well as Safaris. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Montecasino (in Sandton) and Pretoria (Union Buildings & Voortrekker Monument). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre, stop by Sandton City Shopping Centre, and make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Johannesburg is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Johannesburg is 7 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, The Cradle of Humankind
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach, admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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