15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Durban
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Johannesburg — 3 nights

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.
Attractions like Apartheid Museum and Lindfield Victorian House Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and try your luck at Montecasino.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg travel route builder site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Johannesburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kruger National Park.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums · Theme Parks
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Kruger National Park — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit to see Kruger National Park about 48 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kruger National Park day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
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Cape Town — 4 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Attractions like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, kick your exploration up a notch at Abseil Africa, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town day trip tool.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kruger National Park in September, with highs in Cape Town at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Durban.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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Durban — 2 nights

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): cool off at uShaka Marine World and then take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Main Beach and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Durban trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Cape Town to Durban in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Durban to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
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South Africa travel guide

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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.