21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Montecasino (in Sandton) and Wild Cave Adventures (in Krugersdorp). Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip planner.

Mumbai (Bombay), India to Johannesburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) to Johannesburg, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Johannesburg, with highs around 28°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 13°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sandton, Wild Cave Adventures
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

6
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Go for a jaunt from Kruger National Park to Sabi Sand Game Reserve to see Idube Game Reserve about 1h 40 min away. On the 13th (Thu), hike the day away at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Napi Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and trek along Mphongolo Backpacking Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kruger National Park when traveling from Johannesburg in April, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail
Mphongolo Backpacking Trail ©
Mphongolo Backpacking Trail

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit (about 1h 45 min away). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Thornbush Game Reserve, meet the residents at Kinyonga Reptile Center, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and stroll through Hippo Jessica.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit vacation planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. April in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Hippo Jessica ©
Hippo Jessica
Kinyonga Reptile Center ©
Kinyonga Reptile Center

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Noordhoek Beach (in Noordhoek), Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town) and Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, explore and take pictures at Chapman's Peak Drive, and take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Cape Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, Cape Town is a bit cooler than Hoedspruit - with highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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