26 days in South Africa Itinerary

26 days in South Africa Itinerary

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26 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Saint Francis Bay
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Toronto

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. Popular historic sites such as Constitution Hill and Mandela House are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Union Buildings (in Pretoria) and Wild Cave Adventures (in Krugersdorp). Pack the 13th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Lindfield Victorian House Museum, contemplate the long history of South Western Townships, and browse the collection at Rosa Parks Library.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip builder.

Toronto, Canada to Johannesburg is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in July: highs in Johannesburg hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Casinos

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Wild Cave Adventures
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

5
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.
Visiting Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Lonely Bull Trail will get you outdoors. Explore Hoedspruit's surroundings by going to Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Kruger National Park (Thornybush Game Reserve & Napi Wilderness Trail). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Thornbush Game Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in July; daily highs in Hoedspruit reach 26°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Lonely Bull Trail ©
Lonely Bull Trail
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kruger National Park and Sudwala Caves. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers, head off-road at local off-road trails, and buy something for everyone on your list at Riverside Mall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nelspruit trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. July in Nelspruit sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Shautany Chocolatiers
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary ©

7
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Robben Island and Iziko Koopmans-De Wet House will appeal to history buffs. District Six Museum and Cape Town Holocaust Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park), Cape Point Ostrich Farm (in Cape Town Central) and Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nelspruit, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

4
nights
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Visiting The Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Meiringspoort (in De Rust), Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and Cape Palette Art Gallery (in George). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Outeniqua Pass, stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products, and relax in the rural setting at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Oudtshoorn trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Saint Francis Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

George, Wilderness Beach, Meiringspoort
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Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves
Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch

1
night
Saint Francis Bay

Saint Francis Bay ©
On the 1st (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Seal Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ride a horse along Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dolphin Beach.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saint Francis Bay travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Oudtshoorn to Saint Francis Bay takes 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Saint Francis Bay are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Francis Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jeffreys Bay
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Seal Point ©
Seal Point
Dolphin Beach
Dolphin Beach
Papiesfontein Beach Horse Trails ©
Papiesfontein Beach Horse Trails

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