18 days in Cape Town, Johannesburg & Kruger National Park Itinerary

18 days in Cape Town, Johannesburg & Kruger National Park Itinerary

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18 days in Cape Town, Johannesburg & Kruger National Park Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
4
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
End: Johannesburg

3
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Twelve Apostles. Take a break from the city and head to Boschendal Wine Estate and Clifton Beaches. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town vacation planner.

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major airport is Cape Town International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Neighbourgoods Market. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Union Buildings and Constitution Hill. Change things up with a short trip to Montecasino in Sandton (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, look for gifts at Sandton City Shopping Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at 44 Stanley, and take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg journey planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. In November in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Sandton, Union Buildings
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

3
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.
Do your shopping at Kumbaya Home Decor and Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop. Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Olifants Wilderness Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Kruger National Park side-trips: Hoedspruit (iNyoka Art Gallery & Godding & Godding). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kruger National Park, with lows around 19°C. You will leave for Kruger National Park on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoedspruit
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Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail ©
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail

3
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
Get outdoors at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Idube Game Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as 24 Degrees South and Ukuthula Designs. Go for a jaunt from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit to see Kingfisher Gallery about 1h 35 min away.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kruger National Park road trip planner .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Hoedspruit
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

4
nights
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nan Hua Temple and Melrose House. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio and Hazel Food Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Balloon Rides (in Muldersdrift) and Irene Village Mall (in Centurion). Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pretoria, Irene Village Mall, Nan Hua Temple, Balloon Rides, Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Nan Hua Temple ©
Nan Hua Temple
Melrose House ©
Melrose House

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