16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  25​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
4
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly + train:  20​h 15​min
End: Brussels

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park) and Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, admire all the interesting features of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town itinerary builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Cape Town is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in October, with highs in Cape Town at 26°C and lows at 13°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, do some rugged touring at local off-road trails, and identify plant and animal life at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit trip generator.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Africa Joy
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Safaris, & more). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Thornbush Game Reserve and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit vacation builder.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. In November in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Mandela House and then try your luck at Montecasino. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, and then examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hoedspruit in November since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Casinos

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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