26 days in South Africa Itinerary

26 days in South Africa Itinerary

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26 days in South Africa Itinerary

Brussels
Fly:  16​h
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly + train:  16​h 15​min
Brussels

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Market on Main or Sandton City Shopping Centre. Popular historic sites such as Constitution Hill and Union Buildings are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Centurion (Centurion Society Of Model Engineers & Irene Village Mall), Montecasino (in Sandton) and Market@theSheds (in Pretoria). Spend the 9th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Neighbourgoods Market, and browse the different shops at 44 STANLEY.

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Brussels, Belgium to Johannesburg is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Brussels in August, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Shopping

Side Trips

Pretoria, Centurion, Montecasino, Mandela House
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Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Safaris
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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.
Visiting Idube Game Reserve and Napi Wilderness Trail will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Thornybush Game Reserve and Safaris. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Lonely Bull Trail, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

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Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, Hoedspruit is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Idube Game Reserve
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Safaris

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Elephant Whispers and Perry's Bridge Reptile Park. Take a break from the city and head to Kruger National Park and Sudwala Caves. There's much more to do: stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, browse the different shops at Ilanga Mall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

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Getting from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. In August, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hazyview, Africa Joy
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park ©
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park

3
days
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary. Bring the kids along to Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Peregrine Farm Stall in Grabouw (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Hemingways of Hermanus.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Hermanus takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Nelspruit in August, expect Hermanus to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Peregrine Farm Stall, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary
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Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

7
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. Head to Greenmarket Square and Old Biscuit Millfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Cape of Good Hope, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium, stop by Prins & Prins, and stroll through Boulders Beach.

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Traveling by car from Hermanus to Cape Town takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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