16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  18​h 15​min
2
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  20​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
End: Johannesburg

2
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 31st (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. On the next day, look for gifts at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, browse for treasures at Antiques & Artifacts, then examine the collection at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, then look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, and finally stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nelspruit travel itinerary planner.

Johannesburg to Nelspruit is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

White River
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Joubert en Seuns Padstal ©
Joubert en Seuns Padstal

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do your shopping at Greenmarket Square and Old Biscuit Mill. Get some historical perspective at Robben Island and Castle of Good Hope. And it doesn't end there: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach, look for gifts at Shimansky Jewellers, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in February, plan for colder nights in Cape Town, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

4
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Safaris (in Kruger National Park) and Delgoa Arts & Crafts (in Graskop). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, view the masterpieces at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hoedspruit, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Delgoa Arts & Crafts, Safaris
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

2
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.
On the 12th (Mon), browse the different shops at Irene Village Mall and then contemplate the long history of Union Buildings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Market on Main, stop by Sandton City Shopping Centre, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg tour planner.

Fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Hoedspruit, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sandton City Shopping Centre, Union Buildings, Irene Village Mall
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Sandton City Shopping Centre ©
Sandton City Shopping Centre
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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