12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Reykjavik

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Market on Main, and then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then stroll through The Cradle of Humankind.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg vacation planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Johannesburg is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Johannesburg. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Reykjavik in May: highs in Johannesburg hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

The Cradle of Humankind
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Go for a jaunt from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park to see Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park about 1 hour away. There's more to do: meet the residents at Kinyonga Reptile Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit vacation tool .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, Hoedspruit is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape of Good Hope and Clifton Beaches. Get some historical perspective at Robben Island and Maclear's Beacon. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and stroll through Cape Point Ostrich Farm.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cape Town trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Hoedspruit to Cape Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in May, you will find days in Cape Town are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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