26 days in South Africa Itinerary

26 days in South Africa Itinerary

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26 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Cape Town
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Nelspruit
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hoedspruit
— 6 nights
4
Johannesburg
— 5 nights
End: Johannesburg

9
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Cape Town Holocaust Centre. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Greenmarket Square and Old Biscuit Mill. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach, admire all the interesting features of Robben Island, look for gifts at Uwe Koetter, and take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cape Town itinerary planner.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Shopping Beaches
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

5
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.
Do your shopping at Ilanga Mall and Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre. Get in touch with nature at Kruger National Park and Elephant Whispers. Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Wonder View (in Graskop) and Safaris (in Hazyview). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Riverside Mall, indulge your taste buds at Shautany Chocolatiers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and stop by Africa Joy.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nelspruit online itinerary creator.

Fly from Cape Town to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Nelspruit to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

White River, Hazyview, Wonder View
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Thornybush Game Reserve, Safaris, & more) and Amarula Lapa (in Phalaborwa). There's more to do: view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Amarula Lapa
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

5
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.
Head to Market @ the Sheds and Sandton City Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Hazel Food Market (in Pretoria), Montecasino (in Sandton) and The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market (in Bryanston). Spend the 27th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Market on Main, browse the different shops at Eastgate Shopping Mall, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of Africa, and get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip generator.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Sandton, The Bryanston Organic and Natural Market
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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