16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Dubai

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Constitution Hill and Melrose Temple. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). It doesn't end there: try to win big at Montecasino.

Before you visit Johannesburg, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Johannesburg is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get colder in Johannesburg: highs are around 22°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Montecasino
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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.
Masorini Archaeological Site and Amarula Lapa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park & Olifants Wilderness Trail) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip builder website .

Fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Hoedspruit: highs are around 26°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants 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 Safaris (in Kruger National Park) and Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Shangana Cultural Village). Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and look for gifts at Africa Joy.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. July in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hazyview, Safaris, Africa Joy
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

6
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Appreciate the collections at District Six Museum and Great Synagogue. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island Museum and Bo-kaap. There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, trek along Platteklip Gorge, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope, and learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town travel route website .

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nelspruit in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

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