16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Sao Paulo

3
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.
Constitution Hill and Mandela House will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Apartheid Museum and Maboneng Precinct. Spend the 19th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, stop by Sandton City Shopping Centre, and take in panoramic vistas at Top of Africa.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip builder.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Johannesburg is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Johannesburg. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Sandton City Shopping Centre
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, browse the different shops at Riverside Mall, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, and finally browse the different shops at Ilanga Mall.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit vacation planner.

Fly from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nelspruit, with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
i'langa Mall ©
i'langa Mall

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. Let the collections at District Six Museum and Cape Town Holocaust Centre capture your imagination. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, look for gifts at Uwe Koetter, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Town vacation planner.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nelspruit in September: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stroll through Grotto Beach, look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus, and then stop by Funky Vibes. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Hermanus Country Market, then look for gifts at Quirk & Leopard, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hermanus sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes

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