Route & dates
15 days in South Africa Itinerary
Start: Quebec City
Johannesburg— 3 nights
Fly: 2h 45min
Nelspruit— 3 nights
Fly + taxi: 4h 30min
Hermanus— 2 nights
Drive: 1h 30min
Cape Town— 4 nights
End: Quebec City
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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.Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. South African National Museum of Military History and Lindfield Victorian House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Montecasino in Sandton--about 32 minutes away. Pack the 17th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, contemplate the long history of South Western Townships, and look for gifts at Sandton City Shopping Centre.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg itinerary maker.
Quebec City, Canada to Johannesburg is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 7 hours. In November, Johannesburg is much warmer than Quebec City - with highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Nelspruit.
Things to do in Johannesburg
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Gateway to the Lowveld
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.Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at Riverside Mall, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ilanga Mall, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.
For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit vacation builder.
You can do a combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hermanus.
Things to do in Nelspruit
Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre
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Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach and then stop by Funky Vibes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Voelklip Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, then stop by Klein River Farmstead, and finally hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market.
For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Hermanus trip itinerary builder.
Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Hermanus takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Nelspruit in November, plan for little chillier nights in Hermanus, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cape Town.
Things to do in Hermanus
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Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.Relax by the water at Boulders Beach and Llandudno Beach. Head to Greenmarket Square and Prins & Prinsfor some retail therapy. Step out of Cape Town to go to Table Mountain National Park and see Cape of Good Hope, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Robben Island, examine the collection at District Six Museum, hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, and stop by Uwe Koetter.
To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town sightseeing planner.
You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In November in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Cape Town
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