18 days in South Africa & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

18 days in South Africa & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Sun City, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and try to win big at Montecasino.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg online trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg is 1 hour. 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Sun City, South Africa

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sun City: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Adventures with Elephants (in Bela Bela). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Pilanesberg National Park. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Tue) at Valley of Waves.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sun City trip planner.

Drive from Johannesburg to Sun City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Mbabane.

Things to do in Sun City

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:

Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 2 nights
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.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mbabane day trip planner.

Drive from Sun City to Mbabane in 5.5 hours. In April in Mbabane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Mbabane

Fun & Games · Casinos · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 5 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 25th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kruger National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Mbabane to Kruger National Park takes 6.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

3.4
Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.