19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hermanus
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Riyadh

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.
Get some historical perspective at Robben Island and St Georges Mall. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Greenmarket Square.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip generator.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Cape Town is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Riyadh in August, with highs in Cape Town at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

2
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 4th (Mon), kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, admire all the interesting features of Klein River Cheese, and then identify plant and animal life at Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. On your second day here, look for gifts at Funky Vibes and then look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Hermanus custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Beaches Shopping

Side Trip

Stanford
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary ©
Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kruger National Park and Elephant Whispers. The adventure continues: do some rugged touring at local off-road trails, savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers, look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ilanga Mall.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Hermanus in September, expect Nelspruit to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Shautany Chocolatiers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©

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.
Attractions like Idube Game Reserve and Thornybush Game Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park to see Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park about 1 hour away. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. September in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History and then see the interesting displays at Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hoedspruit in September since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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