9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  24​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Johannesburg
— Few hours
Fly:  23​h
End: Chicago

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visiting Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at District Six Museum and First South African Perfume Museum. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park, stop by Prins & Prins, browse the eclectic array of goods at Greenmarket Square, and stroll through Boulders Beach.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip site .

Chicago, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect Cape Town to be a bit warmer, temps between 75°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

First South African Perfume Museum
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, then browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, then view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit itinerary builder .

Getting from Cape Town to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in May, expect nights in Hoedspruit to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Shopping Museums
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Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery
iNyoka Art Gallery ©
iNyoka Art Gallery
24 Degrees South ©
24 Degrees South

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and then hunt for treasures at Market on Main.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg travel route planner.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hoedspruit in May; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 72°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Shopping
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Market on Main ©
Market on Main

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