15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  13​h
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Doha

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get some cultural insight at Robben Island and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Greenmarket Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Biscuit Mill, look for gifts at Shimansky Jewellers, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town travel planner.

Doha, Qatar to Cape Town is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Doha to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Beaches
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Voelklip Beach and then kick back and relax at Grotto Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): look for gifts at Funky Vibes and then look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hermanus trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes

4
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.
Visiting Kruger National Park and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Head to Joubert en Seuns Padstal and Ilanga Mallfor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Nelspruit to Hazyview to see Elephant Whispers about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Riverside Mall, explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, and savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hermanus to Nelspruit by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Shautany Chocolatiers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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 3rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then hunt for treasures at Market on Main. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, try to win big at Montecasino, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg vacation builder.

Getting from Nelspruit to Johannesburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Shopping Casinos

Side Trips

Montecasino, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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