13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  27​h
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
4
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island and High Constantia Wine Cellar. Get outdoors at Cape of Good Hope and Clifton Beaches. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Groote Kerk, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip builder website .

Hong Kong, China to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Cape Town is minus 6 hours. While traveling from Hong Kong, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

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Fly from Cape Town to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) 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
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.
Visiting Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Sweni Wilderness Trail will get you outdoors. iNyoka Art Gallery and Masorini Archaeological Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Hoedspruit with an excursion to Idube Game Reserve in Sabi Sand Game Reserve--about 1h 15 min away.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

2
nights
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 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Union Buildings, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Union Buildings
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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