18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  12​h
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
2
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Hazyview
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Cape Town
— 4 nights
bus:  45​min
5
Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Union Buildings (in Pretoria), Wild Cave Adventures (in Krugersdorp) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg sightseeing planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Johannesburg is an approximately 12-hour flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in July: highs in Johannesburg hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors Tours Casinos

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Wild Cave Adventures, Lion and Safari Park
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Wild Cave Adventures ©
Wild Cave Adventures
Lion and Safari Park ©
Lion and Safari Park
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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.
Family-friendly places like Idube Game Reserve and Napi Wilderness Trail will thrill your kids. Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park & Thornybush Game Reserve). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Thornbush Game Reserve, view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in July, with highs in Hoedspruit at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

2
nights
Hazyview

Hazyview ©
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Perry's Bridge Reptile Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Whispers.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip builder.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park ©
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Two Oceans Aquarium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town) and Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain, head off the coast to Robben Island, do a tasting at Klein Constantia, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hazyview to Cape Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Hazyview in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

3
nights
Stellenbosch

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
On the 4th (Fri), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Franschhoek Motor Museum, then indulge your taste buds at Eikehof, and then identify plant and animal life at Stony Point Penguin Colony.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Stellenbosch travel planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Stellenbosch by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Stellenbosch are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Tours Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

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