5 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
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Barberton is a town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, which has its origin in the 1880s gold rush in the region. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): hike along Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail and then see the interesting displays at Barberton Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Barberton travel itinerary planner.

Johannesburg to Barberton is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barberton when traveling from Johannesburg in August, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nelspruit.
Museums · Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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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 20th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, take in the dramatic scenery at Montrose Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit route builder.

Traveling by car from Barberton to Nelspruit takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Cape Town — 3 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: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nelspruit in August: highs in Cape Town hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.