16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Brisbane

3
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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, stop by Bo-kaap, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see photos, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Cape Town, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Brisbane in May, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

4
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.
Explore Nelspruit's surroundings by going to Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve), Zipline (in Hazyview) and Kruger National Park (Safaris, Nkuhlu Picnic Site, &more). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, indulge your taste buds at Bagdad Farmers Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Zipline, Bagdad Farmers Market
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Nkumbe View Site ©
Nkumbe View Site

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Masorini Archaeological Site, &more) and Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery).

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Lonely Bull Trail ©
Lonely Bull Trail

3
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.
When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Union Buildings in Pretoria, approximately Pretoria away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Gold Reef City, head outdoors with Greenstone Mall, and admire all the interesting features of Constitution Hill.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg tour planner.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Johannesburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Outdoors Casinos

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, Union Buildings, Greenstone Mall
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

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