16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  20​h
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
4
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town) and Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cape Town. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Cape Town at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. On the next day, indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, then Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and finally identify plant and animal life at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nelspruit holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Shautany Chocolatiers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Safaris

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Montecasino (in Sandton) and Wild Cave Adventures (in Krugersdorp). Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 19°C. On the 26th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trips

Wild Cave Adventures, Montecasino
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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