16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  12​h
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Graskop
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Milan

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.
To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg road trip tool .

Milan, Italy to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Johannesburg. When traveling from Milan in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel to Graskop.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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night
Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
You've added Mac Mac Falls, God's Window, The Pinnacle Rock, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 10th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Mac Mac Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at The Pinnacle Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, then take in panoramic vistas at God's Window, and finally take a memorable drive along Panorama Route.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Graskop trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Graskop in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Graskop, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mac Mac Falls, God's Window
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Mac Mac Falls ©
Mac Mac Falls
Wonder View ©
Wonder View
The Pinnacle Rock ©
The Pinnacle Rock

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nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
On the 11th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Napi Wilderness Trail. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park itinerary builder .

You can drive from Graskop to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Durban.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tshokwane Picnic Site ©
Tshokwane Picnic Site

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Durban

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Natural Science Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at West Street Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Phansi Museum and then experience rural life at Flag Animal Farm.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Durban holiday planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Durban in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kruger National Park in October since evenings lows in Durban dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Durban

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, Flag Animal Farm
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Natural Science Museum ©
Natural Science Museum
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary ©
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary
Phansi Museum ©
Phansi Museum

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nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like District Six Museum and The Heart of Cape Town Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Table Mountain National Park and The Stellenbosch Village Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Stellenbosch (Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Rupert Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Robben Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, explore the activities along Noordhoek Beach, and examine the collection at Cape Town Diamond Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip maker site .

Fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in October, plan for little chillier days in Cape Town, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Stellenbosch
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Helderberg Nature Reserve ©
Helderberg Nature Reserve

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night
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Dieux and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hermanus trip builder .

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale House Museum ©
The Whale House Museum
SANSA Space Science ©
SANSA Space Science

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