9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Oudtshoorn
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Johannesburg
— 1 night
4
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

3
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: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, head off the coast to Robben Island, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cape Town online sightseeing planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cape Town. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
On the 10th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, experience rural life at Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, then take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of The Cango Caves.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in January, you will find days in Oudtshoorn are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
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The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves
Swartberg Pass ©
Swartberg Pass
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

1
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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.
On the 11th (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Oudtshoorn to Johannesburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Oudtshoorn, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Theme Parks Casinos
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Mbombela Stadium, explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, then laugh and play at Riverside Mall, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit holiday planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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