15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  16​h
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

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 16th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and finally contemplate the long history of South Western Townships.

Plan trip to Johannesburg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Barcelona, Spain to Johannesburg is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you will find days in Johannesburg are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

4
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Napi Wilderness Trail. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, trek along Lonely Bull Trail, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park online tour planner

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kruger National Park, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, and then stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip planner

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. In August in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
iNyoka Art Gallery ©
iNyoka Art Gallery

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 23rd (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden and then stroll through Elephant Whispers. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nelspruit travel tool

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. In August, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

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 Table Mountain National Park and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Get outdoors at Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nelspruit in August: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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