12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Robben Island and Groote Kerk. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Groot Constantia and Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Greenmarket Square, stop by Uwe Koetter, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip generator.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Cape Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Cape Town, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in August, expect Cape Town to be colder, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Nature
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 24th (Thu), kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, look for gifts at Funky Vibes, then look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, and finally hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Cape Town to Hermanus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Outdoors Beaches
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Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Hemingways of Hermanus ©
Hemingways of Hermanus

2
nights
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 25th (Fri): browse the different shops at Riverside Mall and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ilanga Mall. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Nelspruit vacation builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Hermanus in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nelspruit: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Nature Parks Shopping
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
i'langa Mall ©
i'langa Mall
Riverside Mall ©
Riverside Mall

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then stop by Sandton City Shopping Centre. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Johannesburg custom trip planner.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nelspruit in August since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sandton City Shopping Centre
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct

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