17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  27​h
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
2
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Vancouver

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.
Visit Constitution Hill and Mandela House for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Wild Cave Adventures and Horseback Africa. Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and contemplate the long history of South Western Townships.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg vacation trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Johannesburg is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Johannesburg, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in May, expect nights in Johannesburg to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pretoria, Wild Cave Adventures
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Wild Cave Adventures ©
Wild Cave Adventures
Mandela House ©
Mandela House
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Thornybush Game Reserve (in Kruger National Park) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Thornbush Game Reserve and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Hoedspruit. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and then browse the different shops at Riverside Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. May in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for 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
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©

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.
Popular historic sites such as Robben Island and Groote Kerk are in your itinerary. Visit Boulders Beach and Camp's Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Cape of Good Hope in Table Mountain National Park (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope, learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cape Town travel planner.

Fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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