14 days in South Africa Itinerary

14 days in South Africa Itinerary

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14 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
4
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Cape of Good Hope, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cape Town online vacation builder .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, expect Cape Town to be slightly colder, temps between 21°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview) and Safaris (in Kruger National Park). Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Sudwala Caves and take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nelspruit vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in August: highs in Nelspruit hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Elephant Whispers, Safaris
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa), Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Masorini Archaeological Site, & more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Qualito Craft Distillery
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

2
nights
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 15th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in August, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Johannesburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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