17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  28​h
1
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Stellenbosch
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
3
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Knysna
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: New York City

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Wild Cave Adventures (in Krugersdorp) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Pack the 14th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, and view the masterpieces at Mpho Art & Design House.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online itinerary creator.

New York City, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Johannesburg is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Johannesburg hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Montecasino, Wild Cave Adventures
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

2
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Stellenbosch

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 18th (Sun), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Stellenbosch trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Johannesburg to Stellenbosch by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Stellenbosch, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

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Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near 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, head off the coast to Robben Island, learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Groote Kerk.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Stellenbosch to Cape Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Knysna Heads and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Knysna Elephant Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Birds of Eden, and then take some stellar pictures from Margaret's Viewpoint.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Knysna holiday planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Knysna by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Knysna sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Durban.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Birds of Eden, Acrobranch Wildwoods
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Knysna Heads ©
Knysna Heads
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park

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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.
On the 26th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanical Gardens, then cool off at uShaka Marine World, and then explore and take pictures at Moses Mabhida Stadium. On the next day, kick back and relax at Golden Mile, stroll through Umhlanga Main Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Durban itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Knysna to Durban in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Knysna in June; daily highs in Durban reach 75°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Umhlanga Rocks
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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