13 days in South Africa & Ezulwini Itinerary

13 days in South Africa & Ezulwini Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa & Ezulwini Itinerary

Start: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  3​h
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Durban, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Hluhluwe, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Sodwana, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

1
day
Johannesburg, South Africa

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 30th (Sat): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then contemplate the long history of South Western Townships, and then wander the streets of Melville.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Johannesburg is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeddah to Johannesburg. Traveling from Jeddah in December, plan for little chillier nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Neighborhoods
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Melville ©
Melville
South Western Townships ©
South Western Townships

3
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Robben Island and Maclear's Beacon. Take a break from the city and head to Boulders Beach and Cape of Good Hope. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

1
night
Durban, South Africa

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding and then kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Durban route planner

Getting from Cape Town to Durban by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Durban, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hluhluwe.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

1
night
Hluhluwe, South Africa

Hluhluwe ©
Hluhluwe is a small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): browse the fresh offerings at Zamimpilo Community Market, then stroll through Emdoneni Cheetah project, then look for gifts at Ilala Weavers, and finally see the interesting displays at Tunga Needlework Studio. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zulu Croc and Wildlife.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hluhluwe driving holiday planning app

You can drive from Durban to Hluhluwe in 3.5 hours. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sodwana.

Things to do in Hluhluwe

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Zamimpilo Community Market
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Zulu Croc Reptile Park ©
Zulu Croc Reptile Park
Ilala Weavers ©
Ilala Weavers
Tunga Needlework Studio ©
Tunga Needlework Studio

2
nights
Sodwana, South Africa

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sodwana trip itinerary maker

You can drive from Hluhluwe to Sodwana in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Ezulwini on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Sodwana

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Viskoors at Sodwana Bay ©
Viskoors at Sodwana Bay

2
nights
Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Ezulwini ©
Removed from the bigger and busier parts of the country, Ezulwini Valley represents a quiet place where visitors can relax but at the same time discover the wildlife that spreads across this region.
To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ezulwini day trip tool

Traveling by car from Sodwana to Ezulwini takes 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ezulwini are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 9th (Tue), you'll travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Ezulwini

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Ngwenya Glass, Mantenga Cultural Village
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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Mantenga Cultural Village ©
Mantenga Cultural Village

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Top of Africa.

To find out how to plan a trip to Johannesburg, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ezulwini to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. On the 11th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Union Buildings
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Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

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