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13 days in South Africa Itinerary
Start: Sao Paulo
Johannesburg— 3 nights
Drive: 14h 45min
Cape Town— 7 nights
End: Sao Paulo
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City of Light
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.Get some cultural insight at Apartheid Museum and Union Buildings. Head to Sandton City Shopping Centre and Irene Village Mallfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Emperors Palace, The Palace Of Dreams.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil to Johannesburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg is 5 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Johannesburg. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Town.
Things to do in Johannesburg
Sandton, Emperors Palace, Lion and Safari Park, Irene Village Mall, Union Buildings
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Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Get in touch with nature at Robben Island and Llandudno Beach. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Greenmarket Square, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, and take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park.
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Getting from Johannesburg to Cape Town by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Things to do in Cape Town
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