15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hazyview
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
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.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Emperors Palace, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Johannesburg. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Montecasino, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Emperors Palace
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Safaris
Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa), Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park). There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit journey site .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Qualito Craft Distillery
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Safaris

2
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview trip planner .

Take a bus from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Hazyview are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park ©
Pabeni Gate Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

3
nights
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.
Step out of Nelspruit to go to Kruger National Park and see Safaris, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit day trip planning website .

You can drive from Hazyview to Nelspruit in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Safaris
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Safaris
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©
Emnotweni Casino ©
Emnotweni Casino

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

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
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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