18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
5
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Perth

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island Museum and Klein Constantia. Get in touch with nature at Cape of Good Hope and Clifton Beaches. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Greenmarket Square, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Cape Quarter Mall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cape Town online trip itinerary builder .

Perth, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Cape Town is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Perth in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Onrus Beach and Grotto Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Kwaaiwater. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Overberg Honey Company (in Stanford) and Franschhoek (Stony Brook Vineyards, African Hands Art Gallery, & more). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Lembu Gallery & Studio and explore the galleries of Originals Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hermanus online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hermanus are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Overberg Honey Company, Shark Diving
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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First South African Perfume Museum ©
Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

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.
Visiting Kruger National Park and Safaris will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Katundo Leather Shop and i'langa Mall. Step out of Nelspruit to go to White River and see The White River Gallery, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's more to do: pick up some local products at Bagdad Farmers Market.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nelspruit trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Nelspruit in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

White River, Safaris, Katundo Leather Shop
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
i'langa Mall ©
i'langa Mall

3
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.
Do your shopping at Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Masorini Archaeological Site and Amarula Lapa. Change things up with a short trip to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park in Kruger National Park (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South and look for gifts at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit travel planner.

Drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In December in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Shopping Trails Wildlife

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa
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Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery
Masorini Archaeological Site ©
Masorini Archaeological Site

4
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.
Do your shopping at Art Eye Gallery and Finders Keepers Market. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Apartheid Museum and Kim Sacks Gallery. Spend the 4th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg attractions app .

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Wildlife Outdoors
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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