20 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa planner
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Johannesburg
— 1 night
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Nelspruit
— 1 night
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Sabie
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durban
— 2 nights
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Cape Town
— 10 nights
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Johannesburg — 1 night

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.
To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg journey planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg is 1 hour. When traveling from Amsterdam in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 12°C at night. You will leave for Nelspruit on the 26th (Tue).
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
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Nelspruit — 1 night

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antiques & Artifacts, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Rottcher Wineries.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nelspruit route maker website.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nelspruit, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Sabie.
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Sabie — 2 nights

Sabie is a forestry town situated on the banks of the Sabie River in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, then admire the sheer force of Mary Shire Falls, then admire the sheer force of Mac Mac Falls, and finally stroll through Wonder View. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then don't miss a visit to Pilgrims Rest, and then cruise along Panorama Route.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sabie road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Sabie takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kruger National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trip
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Kruger National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park journey builder website.

You can drive from Sabie to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Durban.
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Durban — 2 nights

Surf City

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then stroll through Golden Mile.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Durban trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Durban takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Durban, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.
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Cape Town — 10 nights

Mother City

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, take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and wander the streets of Bo-kaap.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durban in October, with highs in Cape Town at 27°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
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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Mpumalanga travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Nature & Parks · Geologic Formations
Hike through the world's third-highest canyon, and the only green one in the world; explore the world's oldest cave; and witness the diverse wildlife in the many reserves of Mpumalanga. This "place where the sun rises," as the name means in local tongues, features stunning mountain scenery, lush valleys, and charming towns with refreshingly cool weather. Mpumalanga's attractions draw crowds of visitors from far and wide: follow the trails of the 19th-century gold rush in old gold-seeker's towns, rappel down a waterfall, or just take a dip in the pools below after a hike through the rainforests.
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