18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Bridgetown, Barbados
Fly:  28​h
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  2​h 45​min
5
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Bridgetown, Barbados

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visiting Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island will get you outdoors. Visit Iziko Koopmans-De Wet House and Groote Kerk for their historical value. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stop by Prins & Prins, and don't miss a visit to Greenmarket Square.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town journey builder website .

Bridgetown, Barbados to Cape Town is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Bridgetown to Cape Town. Traveling from Bridgetown in September, things will get much colder in Cape Town: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Nature
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Robben Island ©
Robben Island
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 14th (Fri), stop by Peregrine Farm Stall, then stop by The Fishing Cat, then stop by Funky Vibes, and finally stop by Quirk & Leopard. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hermanus Country Market and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus visit planning website .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Hermanus sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Shark Diving, The Fishing Cat, Peregrine Farm Stall
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Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes
Shark Diving
Peregrine Farm Stall ©
Peregrine Farm Stall

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.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Safaris in Kruger National Park (about 1 hour away). There's more to do: browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Hoedspruit in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hermanus in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Hoedspruit: highs are around 31°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Safaris
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©

2
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.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. On your second day here, look for gifts at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, browse for treasures at Antiques & Artifacts, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, and finally indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nelspruit trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. September in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

White River, Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre ©
Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre

2
nights
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.
On the next day, hunt for treasures at Market on Main, then look for gifts at Sandton City Shopping Centre, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Johannesburg using our trip planner.

Fly from Nelspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Nelspruit in September, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Sandton City Shopping Centre ©
Sandton City Shopping Centre

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