16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
2
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
Visiting Wild Cave Adventures and Horseback Africa will get you outdoors. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Montecasino in Sandton, about 32 minutes away. Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg vacation builder.

Sydney, Australia to Johannesburg is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Horseback Africa, Wild Cave Adventures, Montecasino
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Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Wild Cave Adventures ©
Wild Cave Adventures
Horseback Africa ©
Horseback Africa

5
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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 in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Napi Wilderness Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve), Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa) and Kruger National Park (Nyalaland Wilderness Trail, Lonely Bull Trail, & more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Thornbush Game Reserve and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in April since evenings lows in Hoedspruit dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa
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Nyalaland Wilderness Trail ©
Nyalaland Wilderness Trail
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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 20th (Thu): Head underground at Sudwala Caves, then buy something for everyone on your list at Riverside Mall, and then do some rugged touring at local off-road trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit tour planner.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Nightlife
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Riverside Mall ©
Riverside 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. We've included these beaches for you: Llandudno Beach and Noordhoek Beach. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Cape of Good Hope in Table Mountain National Park--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town itinerary builder.

Fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dorp Street
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

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