10 days in South Africa Itinerary

10 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night


Cape Town — 3 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Signal Hill. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Baraka Gifts and Decor and The Old Biscuit Mill. There's lots more to do: stroll through Cape Point, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Cape Town is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Cape Town is minus 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in July, with highs in Cape Town at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Hoedspruit.
Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors
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Hoedspruit — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, and then look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online trip maker.

You can fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hoedspruit, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Nelspruit.
Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Nelspruit — 3 nights

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.
Head to Katundo Leather Pty Ltd and Bagdad Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Napi Wilderness Trail. Explore Nelspruit's surroundings by going to Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery (in White River). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at i'langa Mall.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nelspruit trip planner.

Drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In July, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.
Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips
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Johannesburg — 1 night

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.
For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online visit planner.

Fly from Nelspruit to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Nelspruit in July, with lows around 5°C. You will leave for home on the 15th (Fri).
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
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South Africa travel guide

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.