13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 5 nights


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.
Pack the 30th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, make a trip to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, try your luck at Montecasino, and tee off at Randpark Golf Club.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg driving holiday app.

London, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in January, things will get much warmer in Johannesburg: highs are around 33°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to fly to Nelspruit.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums
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Nelspruit — 2 nights

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 1st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and then buy something for everyone on your list at i'langa Mall.

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Getting from Johannesburg to Nelspruit by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.
Parks · Nature · Shopping
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Hoedspruit — 2 nights

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), trek along Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hoedspruit trip planner.

Drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Nelspruit in February, expect much colder with lows of 19°C in Hoedspruit. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Cape Town.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Trails
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Cape Town — 5 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, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and do a tasting at Klein Constantia.

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Getting from Hoedspruit to Cape Town by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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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.