16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Cape Town
— 5 nights
— 2 nights


Johannesburg — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and then learn insider's secrets on Time Anchor Distillery.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary 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. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in September: highs in Johannesburg hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hoedspruit.
Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
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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 6th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then get outside with Siyafunda Conservation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit holiday site.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Kruger National Park.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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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.
When in Kruger National Park, make a side trip to see Kruger National Park in Nelspruit, approximately Nelspruit away. Spend the 10th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail and hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

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You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. September in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Cape Town — 5 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, visit Bo-kaap, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town planning app.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Cape Town by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Gansbaai.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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Gansbaai — 2 nights

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

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Getting from Cape Town to Gansbaai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September in Gansbaai, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Highlights from your trip

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.