17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
+2
Fly + foot + train:  13​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), hunt for treasures at Market on Main, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and finally make a trip to Vilakazi Street. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, then hunt for treasures at The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, and then wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg travel route planner .

Mumbai, India to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Johannesburg is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in May, expect Johannesburg to be colder, temps between 26°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vilakazi Street, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market
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Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct

3
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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 some cultural insight at Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. When in Hoedspruit, make a side trip to see Panorama Route in Graskop, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

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You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, Hoedspruit is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Panorama Route
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24 Degrees South ©
24 Degrees South
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

2
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tshokwane Picnic Site and then stroll through Napi Wilderness Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Phuza Moya Private Game Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 3 hours. In May in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail
Tshokwane Picnic Site ©
Tshokwane Picnic Site

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You've now added Table Mountain National Park to your itinerary. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Greenmarket Square and Prins & Prins. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Cape of Good Hope, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, hunt for treasures at Old Biscuit Mill, and stroll through Clifton Beaches.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town tour itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in May, you will find days in Cape Town are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

3
nights
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
Face Adrenalin - Bloukrans Bungy has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): make a trip to Tsitsikamma Forest’s Big Tree, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and then get the adrenaline pumping with Face Adrenalin - Bloukrans Bungy. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, then stroll through Birds of Eden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tsitsikamma National Park trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Tsitsikamma National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Crags, Dutch Reformed Church
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Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

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