10 days in South Africa Itinerary

10 days in South Africa Itinerary

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10 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + foot + Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Tsitsikamma National Park
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
3
Hoedspruit
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  20​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do your shopping at Greenmarket Square and Prins & Prins. Escape the urban bustle at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, browse the different shops at Cape Quarter Mall, identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary planning site .

Philadelphia, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. In July, Cape Town is colder than Philadelphia - with highs of 64°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tsitsikamma National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

1
night
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park ©
On a tour of Tsitsikamma National Park, walk through an 800-year-old forest of endemic yellowwood trees, explore diverse coastlines, and hit the array of hiking trails.
On the 4th (Sun), trek along The Dolphin Trail and then view the masterpieces at Bitou Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tsitsikamma National Park trip app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Tsitsikamma National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Tsitsikamma National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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The Dolphin Trail ©
The Dolphin Trail

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, explore the galleries of Kingfisher Gallery, then browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South, and finally explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hoedspruit day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tsitsikamma National Park to Hoedspruit in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Tsitsikamma National Park in August, expect nights in Hoedspruit to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Shopping Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery
iNyoka Art Gallery ©
iNyoka Art Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, and then view the masterpieces at Kim Sacks Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hoedspruit in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Johannesburg, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Kim Sacks Gallery ©
Kim Sacks Gallery

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