40 days in Johannesburg, Windhoek & Cape Town Itinerary

40 days in Johannesburg, Windhoek & Cape Town Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Windhoek, Namibia
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hector Pieterson Museum and Maboneng Precinct. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Horseback Africa. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartbeespoort), Rustenburg (Sabai Jai & Zipline) and Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, immerse yourself in nature at Alberts Farm, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in November, plan for much warmer days in Johannesburg, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

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Windhoek, Namibia

— 6 nights
Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Namibia and Owela Museum. Explore hidden gems such as NamibRand Nature Reserve and Christuskirche. Spend the 19th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, get engrossed in the history at Cuno Hoffmeister Memorial Observatory, explore the galleries of Trans-Namib Railroad Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Avis Dam Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Windhoek trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Windhoek in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Windhoek is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in November: highs in Windhoek hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 26 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Groot Constantia and Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Company's Gardens and Bloubergstrand Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Nederburg Wines (in Paarl), Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl) and Franschhoek (Lynx Wine, Franschhoek Motor Museum, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Noordhoek Beach, do a tasting at Peter Falke Winery, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Dorp Street.

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

Fly from Windhoek to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Windhoek to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Windhoek in November, with highs in Cape Town at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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