17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Pietermaritzburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Durban
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Richards Bay
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Signal Hill, Bloubergstrand Beach, Long Street, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island and Bo-kaap. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cape Town itinerary planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Cape Town. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Apartheid Museum as well as Maboneng Precinct. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip builder.

You can fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Johannesburg, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. On the 16th (Sat), you're off toCradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Neighborhoods
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct

2
nights
Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site ©
On the 16th (Sat), Head underground at Sterkfontein Cave and then stop by Hekpoort Heksie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site holiday planner.

You can drive from Johannesburg to Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pietermaritzburg.

Things to do in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

Parks Nature
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Sterkfontein Cave ©
Sterkfontein Cave

2
nights
Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg ©
Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Howick Falls and then make a trip to Pietermaritzburg Railway Station.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pietermaritzburg vacation trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site to Pietermaritzburg. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Pietermaritzburg

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Howick
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Howick Falls ©
Howick Falls
Nelson Mandela Capture Site ©
Nelson Mandela Capture Site
Pietermaritzburg Railway Station ©
Pietermaritzburg Railway Station

few
hours
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.
You've added Sodwana Bay, Midlands Meander, uShaka Wet 'n Wild, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: cool off at uShaka Marine World.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Durban holiday planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Durban in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in September, with highs in Durban at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hluhluwe.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

KwaZulu-Natal
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Sodwana Bay ©
Sodwana Bay
uShaka Wet 'n Wild ©
uShaka Wet 'n Wild
The Valley of a 1000 Hills ©
The Valley of a 1000 Hills

4
nights
Richards Bay

Richards Bay ©
Richards Bay is a town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. You've now added Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park to your itinerary. Explore Richards Bay's surroundings by going to St Lucia (Spas & Wellness & iSimangaliso Wetland Park). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Alkantstrand Beach and step off the mainland to explore Pelican Island.

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

You can drive from Durban to Richards Bay in 2 hours. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Richards Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Alkantstrand Beach ©
Alkantstrand Beach

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