18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Dublin

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Montecasino (in Sandton) and Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). Spend the 25th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market on Main, take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre, and get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg tour itinerary planner

Dublin, Ireland to Johannesburg is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Johannesburg is 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in December: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Pretoria, Montecasino
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

3
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.
When in Nelspruit, make a side trip to see Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers, and stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

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You can fly from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

White River, Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

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Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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