13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Milan
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
Milan

6
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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 Camp's Bay Beach. Bring the kids along to Cape of Good Hope and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town itinerary builder.

Milan, Italy to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. In December, Cape Town is much hotter than Milan - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, then admire the sheer force of Montrose Falls, and then stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

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Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

3
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Step out of Hoedspruit to go to Kruger National Park and see Safaris, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

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Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

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