18 days in South Africa & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

18 days in South Africa & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+3
Train + Fly + Foot + Train:  14 h 15 min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Sun City, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h
4
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

5
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary builder website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 15- hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in April, with highs in Johannesburg at 28°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sun City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, Emperors Palace
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

4
nights
Sun City, South Africa

Sun City ©
Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sun City: Adventures with Elephants (in Bela Bela) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Pilanesberg National Park. categoryPhrases.sentence.Plan_for_a_day_of_cool_family_friendly_fun_on_the_day_at Valley of Waves. There's still lots to do: get your game on at The Maze of the Lost City.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sun City road trip website.

You can drive from Johannesburg to Sun City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In April in Sun City, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mbabane.

Things to do in Sun City

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Adventures with Elephants, Ukutula Conservation Center
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Pilanesberg National Park ©
Pilanesberg National Park
Valley of Waves ©
Valley of Waves
Adventures with Elephants ©
Adventures with Elephants

2
nights
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Mbabane ©
Although attractions in Mbabane itself remain scarce, this capital of the Kingdom of Swaziland provides a picturesque setting, pleasant weather, and plenty of amenities for tourists exploring the nation's mountains, forests, and valleys.
On the 22nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Mantenga Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Yebo Contemporary Art Gallery Eswatini, and then steep yourself in history at Mantenga Cultural Village. On your second day here, try your luck at Happy Valley Casino and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nyonyane Mountain.

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Traveling by car from Sun City to Mbabane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In April in Mbabane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Mbabane

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Manzini, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Yebo Contemporary Art Gallery Eswatini
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Nyonyane Mountain ©
Nyonyane Mountain
Happy Valley Casino ©
Happy Valley Casino
Mantenga Nature Reserve ©
Mantenga Nature Reserve

5
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

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 25th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Mbabane to Kruger National Park takes 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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