8 days in Ghana & South Africa Itinerary

8 days in Ghana & South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in Ghana & South Africa Itinerary

Start: Accra, Ghana
Fly + Drive:  2​h
1
Elmina, Ghana
— 1 day
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  14​h
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
3
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Accra, Ghana


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day
Elmina, Ghana

Elmina ©
Considered the site of the first European settlement in West Africa, Elmina sat on a major slave trade route for several centuries.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Elmina Castle and then step into the grandiose world of Cape Coast Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Elmina trip planner .

Accra to Elmina is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or take a bus. April in Elmina sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Elmina

Historic Sites Museums

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Cape Coast Castle
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Cape Coast Castle ©
Cape Coast Castle
Elmina Castle ©
Elmina Castle

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nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Museum-lovers will get to explore District Six Museum and South African Jewish Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island Museum and Klein Constantia. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, appreciate the extensive heritage of Maclear's Beacon, learn about winemaking at High Constantia Wine Cellar, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town online day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Elmina to Cape Town in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Elmina to Cape Town, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Elmina, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

1
night
Kruger National Park, South Africa

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site and then stroll through Idube Game Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Nkumbe View Site ©
Nkumbe View Site

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nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mandela House, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History and then explore the galleries of Kim Sacks Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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