18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  19​h
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Manchester

4
days
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mandela House and Union Buildings. Get in touch with nature at Wild Cave Adventures and Horseback Africa. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market in Bryanston, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Market on Main, ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, look for gifts at Sandton City Shopping Centre, and browse the different shops at Cresta Shopping Centre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg vacation builder.

Manchester, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in November, you will find days in Johannesburg are much warmer (31°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pretoria, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market, Wild Cave Adventures, Mandela House
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Market on Main ©
Market on Main
Wild Cave Adventures ©
Wild Cave Adventures
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ilanga Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit tour planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Nelspruit

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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Riverside Mall ©
Riverside Mall

3
days
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Head to Funky Vibes and Hermanus Country Marketfor some retail therapy. We've included these beaches for you: Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Klein River Farmstead, identify plant and animal life at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, and stop by Quirk & Leopard.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Hermanus takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Nelspruit in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hermanus, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Stanford
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Klein River Cheese ©
Klein River Cheese
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

6
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Greenmarket Square and Old Biscuit Mill. Visit Robben Island and Castle of Good Hope for their historical value. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Cape Town are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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Robben Island ©
Robben Island
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach

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