28 days in South Africa Itinerary

28 days in South Africa Itinerary

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28 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  14​h
1
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 7 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Paris

5
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 Voortrekker Monument (in Pretoria) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Spend the 30th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market on Main.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip planner

Paris, France to Johannesburg is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Paris, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 14°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Montecasino, Voortrekker Monument
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

7
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 (Thu), hike the day away at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, trek along Lonely Bull Trail, and make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park road trip planner

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kruger National Park, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness 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.
Spend the 10th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, meet the residents at Kinyonga Reptile Center, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit road trip planner

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. November in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
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4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Riverside Mall, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip itinerary planning app

Getting from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Hoedspruit in November, expect nights in Nelspruit to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

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

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, trek along Platteklip Gorge, explore and take pictures at Cape of Good Hope, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town route planner

Fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Cape Town sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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