16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
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Cape Town
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, theme parks, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, stop by Jack Friedman Eastgate, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

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

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, things will get warmer in Johannesburg: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Kruger National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Spend the 9th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail and stroll through Bushmans Trail.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You will leave for Nelspruit on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Nelspruit

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Safaris). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Cape Town

— 5 nights

Mother City

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, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, trek along Platteklip Gorge, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.