11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 4 nights


Johannesburg — 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Mandela House are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and Maboneng Precinct. Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Pretoria to see Union Buildings about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, make a trip to South Western Townships, steep yourself in history at Credo Mutwa Cultural Village, and examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg route planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Johannesburg is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in July, with highs in Johannesburg at 22°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Nelspruit.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.
On the 21st (Fri), stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nelspruit journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Nelspruit. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Cape Town — 4 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island Museum and Castle of Good Hope. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Point and Clifton Beaches. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and explore and take pictures at Groot Constantia.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town online trip planner.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in July, you will find days in Cape Town are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.