18 days in South Africa & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
Sun City, South Africa
— 4 nights
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive to Hendrik Van Eck Airport, Fly to Amsterdam


Johannesburg, South Africa — 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg. Traveling from Amsterdam in April, things will get a bit warmer in Johannesburg: highs are around 28°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sun City.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums · Tours
Side Trips
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Sun City, South Africa — 4 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sun City: Adventures with Elephants (in Bela Bela) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Pilanesberg National Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sun City trip maker.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Sun City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mbabane.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks
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Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 2 nights

Although attractions in Mbabane itself remain scarce, this capital of the Kingdom of Swaziland provides a picturesque setting, pleasant weather, and plenty of amenities for tourists exploring the nation's mountains, forests, and valleys.
On the 22nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Mantenga Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Yebo Contemporary Art Gallery Eswatini, and then steep yourself in history at Mantenga Cultural Village. On your second day here, try your luck at Happy Valley Casino.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mbabane day trip planner.

Drive from Sun City to Mbabane in 5.5 hours. In April in Mbabane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kruger National Park.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Wildlife · Parks
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 5 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.
Step out of Kruger National Park to go to Nelspruit and see Kruger National Park, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Spend the 25th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail, and steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mbabane to Kruger National Park takes 6.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.