13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Nelspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Montecasino in Sandton (about 32 minutes away). Pack the 30th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, play a few rounds at Randpark Golf Club, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg vacation planner.

London, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Johannesburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

#Casinos, #Fun & Games, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Montecasino, Mandela House
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

2
nights
Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, then explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ilanga Mall.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit trip planning website .

Fly from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

2
nights
Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit ©
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 3rd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery and then stroll through Thornybush Game Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip builder site .

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Nelspruit in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hoedspruit, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, and learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planning site .

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in February, you will find days in Cape Town are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Shopping
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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