21 days in South Africa Itinerary

21 days in South Africa Itinerary

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21 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town
— 7 nights
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Detroit

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner

Detroit, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Detroit to Cape Town, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in February, things will get much hotter in Cape Town: highs are around 80°F and lows about 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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.
When in Nelspruit, make a side trip to see Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and buy something for everyone on your list at Riverside Mall.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit online journey planner

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nelspruit, with lows around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Whispers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

5
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), hike the day away at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park attractions planner

You can drive from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail ©
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail

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.
Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Sandton to see Montecasino about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gandhi Square, make a trip to Constitution Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of Africa.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary maker tool

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kruger National Park in March: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 79°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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