26 days in South Africa Itinerary

26 days in South Africa Itinerary

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26 days in South Africa Itinerary

Brisbane
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Cape Town
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hermanus
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Brisbane

8
days
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visit Robben Island and Maclear's Beacon for their historical value. Relax by the water at Boulders Beach and Clifton Beaches. There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stop by Uwe Koetter, hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town driving holiday planning website .

Brisbane, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brisbane to Cape Town. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in May; daily highs in Cape Town reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

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Parks Shopping Beaches
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Robben Island ©
Robben Island
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

3
days
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Voelklip Beach and Grotto Beach. Head to Hemingways of Hermanus and The Fishing Catfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Peregrine Farm Stall (in Grabouw) and Oneiric Wines (in Elgin). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Funky Vibes.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Hermanus takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

The Fishing Cat, Peregrine Farm Stall, Oneiric Wines
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Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Riverside Mall and Joubert en Seuns Padstal. Take a break from the city and head to Kruger National Park and Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nelspruit: Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Perry's Bridge Reptile Park). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Ilanga Mall, indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers, and examine the collection at Sudwala Dinosaur Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nelspruit road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, Shautany Chocolatiers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park ©
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park

5
days
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 Idube Game Reserve. Head to Kingfisher Gallery and 24 Degrees Southfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Kruger National Park (Wild Frontier Adventures - CLOSED & Napi Wilderness Trail). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris. There's more to do: look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip builder app .

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Idube Game Reserve
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Market on Main and 44 STANLEY. Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Sandton to see Montecasino about 32 minutes away. Pack the 30th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gandhi Square, stop by Sandton City Shopping Centre, and make a trip to Constitution Hill.

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

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hoedspruit in May; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Mandela House, Montecasino
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Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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