18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Maputo
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
2
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Maputo

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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Sandton and see Montecasino, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Spend the 7th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, make a trip to Constitution Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of Africa.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg day trip planning app

Maputo, Mozambique to Johannesburg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Maputo in November, Johannesburg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Outdoors

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Safaris, & more). It doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit road trip website

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hoedspruit when traveling from Johannesburg in November, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Safaris
Tshokwane Picnic Site ©
Tshokwane Picnic Site

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nelspruit: Hazyview (Elephant Sanctuary & Elephant Whispers). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

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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, expect nights in Nelspruit to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Hazyview
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

6
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, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town online road trip planner

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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