16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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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.
Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Mandela House and Union Buildings. When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, approximately Pretoria away. Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Montecasino and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Melrose Temple.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Johannesburg is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Johannesburg, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 22°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hoedspruit.
Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games
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Hoedspruit — 3 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.
Masorini Archaeological Site and Amarula Lapa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park & Olifants Wilderness Trail). There's more to do: view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery.

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You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, Hoedspruit is somewhat warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nelspruit.
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Shangana Cultural Village) and Safaris (in Kruger National Park). Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Africa Joy and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. July in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town — 6 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get some cultural insight at District Six Museum and Robben Island Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. There's lots more to do: get great views at Cape Point, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Synagogue.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nelspruit, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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.