16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, wildlife, theme parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Gold Reef City, buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Eastgate, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To see ratings and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in March; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trips

Montecasino, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

3
nights
Kruger National Park

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.
Spend the 9th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Bushmans Trail, and get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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.
Explore Nelspruit's surroundings by going to Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Safaris). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden and stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Hazyview
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

5
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: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary app .

Getting from Nelspruit to Cape Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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