32 days in South Africa Itinerary

32 days in South Africa Itinerary

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32 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Cape Town
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Hermanus
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Jerusalem

9
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Table Mountain National Park and District Six Museum. Do your shopping at Greenmarket Square and Caroline's Fine Wine Cellar. The adventure continues: stroll through Boulders Beach, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and look for gifts at Uwe Koetter.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town day trip planning site

Jerusalem, Israel to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus, train, and flight. While traveling from Jerusalem, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

4
nights
Hermanus

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Step out of the city life by going to Klein River Cheese and Voelklip Beach. Bring the kids along to Shark Diving and Grotto Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hermanus: The Fishing Cat (in Kleinmond) and Peregrine Farm Stall (in Grabouw). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Hemingways of Hermanus and don't miss a visit to Hoy's Koppie.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hermanus road trip planning app

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hermanus

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Peregrine Farm Stall, Klein River Cheese, Shark Diving, The Fishing Cat
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Shark Diving
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Riverside Mall and Joubert en Seuns Padstal. Step out of the city life by going to Kruger National Park and Safaris. Step out of Nelspruit with an excursion to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ilanga Mall, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit online journey builder

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Hermanus in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nelspruit: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hazyview, Shautany Chocolatiers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Idube Game Reserve and Safaris will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Napi Wilderness Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Kruger National Park (Thornybush Game Reserve & Wild Frontier Adventures - CLOSED). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit planning site

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

6
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.
Shop till you drop at Market on Main and The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Montecasino (in Sandton) and Pretoria (Hazel Food Market & Market@theSheds). Spend the 1st (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Neighbourgoods Market, stop by Sandton City Shopping Centre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gandhi Square, and learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip planning website

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in July, things will get little chillier in Johannesburg: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market
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Market on Main ©
Market on Main
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

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