16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Athens
Fly:  17​h
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Athens

5
days
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.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Spend the 1st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, and hunt for treasures at Market on Main.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Johannesburg is an approximately 17-hour flight. While traveling from Athens, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Pretoria, Montecasino, Mandela House
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

3
days
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.
Go for a jaunt from Nelspruit to Hazyview to see Elephant Whispers about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough 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 ©

6
days
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, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, head off the coast to Robben Island, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip builder.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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