18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
2
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Berlin

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.
Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Montecasino in Sandton, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market on Main, and wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planner

Berlin, Germany to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trips

AECI Dynamite Factory Museum, The Cradle of Humankind, Montecasino
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Safaris, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planner

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, Hoedspruit is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Safaris
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

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.
Step out of Nelspruit to go to Hazyview and see Elephant Whispers, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers, and stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nelspruit day trip tool

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Hoedspruit in November, you will find days in Nelspruit are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Shautany Chocolatiers, Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Cape Town day trip site

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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