17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Durban
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Atlanta

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.
Get some historical perspective at Constitution Hill and Union Buildings. Get some cultural insight at Apartheid Museum and South Western Townships. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and Voortrekker Monument (in Pretoria). Pack the 15th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, and stop by Sandton City Shopping Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg online itinerary creator.

Atlanta, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Atlanta to Johannesburg. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Atlanta in March, with highs in Johannesburg at 78°F and lows at 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Historic Sites Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, Lion and Safari Park
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

6
nights
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 outdoors at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Graskop (Wonder View & Panorama Route), Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa) and Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon, and enjoy breathtaking views from God's Window.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, Hoedspruit is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Graskop, Mpumalanga, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kruger National Park and Elephant Whispers. Go for a jaunt from Nelspruit to Hazyview to see Shangana Cultural Village about 1:05 hours away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, and buy something for everyone on your list at Riverside Mall.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hazyview, Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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nights
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 24th (Fri), cool off at uShaka Marine World and then kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Burnedale and then admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Durban trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Durban takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in March, Durban is a bit warmer at night with lows of 71°F. On the 26th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Umhlanga Main Beach, Burnedale Farm
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Burnedale Farm ©
Burnedale Farm
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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