9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
— 2 nights


Cape Town — 2 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: get great views at Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, stroll through Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town itinerary planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in October; daily highs in Cape Town reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can fly to Hoedspruit.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
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Hoedspruit — 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Mon), stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, and then view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Cape Town to Hoedspruit by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in October, you will find days in Hoedspruit are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Kruger National Park.
Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. October in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Johannesburg.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip
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Johannesburg — 2 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.
On the 24th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Mandela House, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
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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.