12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  12​h
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Hazyview
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then try to win big at Montecasino. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip builder.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Johannesburg is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in July; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 22°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Idube Game Reserve and Thornybush Game Reserve will thrill your kids. Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park in Kruger National Park, about 1 hour away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Thornbush Game Reserve and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit holiday planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, expect Hoedspruit to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

1
night
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Hazyview travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Hazyview are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
The Elephant Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary

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.
Attractions like Boulders Beach and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Cape Town with a short trip to Cape of Good Hope in Table Mountain National Park, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, and do a tasting at Klein Constantia.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Hazyview to Cape Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hazyview in July, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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