17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hazyview
— 1 night
Fly
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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, admire all the interesting features of Chapman's Peak Drive, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planner.

Durham, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Cape Town is 7 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Durham in August; daily highs in Cape Town reach 65°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly to Kruger National Park.
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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 28th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve and hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online trip maker.

Fly from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Hoedspruit.
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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.
Hoedspruit is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, meet the residents at Hoedspruit Reptile Centre, stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit trip planner.

You can take a bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hazyview.
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Hazyview — 1 night

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll through Elephant Whispers, and then stroll through Seronera Crocodile Farm.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hazyview trip maker site.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Johannesburg.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get some fabulous bargains at The Diamond Ring By GC Manufacturing Jewellery, then steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City and then buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Sandton City.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Johannesburg route tool.

You can fly from Hazyview to Johannesburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hazyview in September, plan for little chillier nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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