11 days in South Africa Itinerary

11 days in South Africa Itinerary

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11 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  25 h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Seattle

4
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 outdoors at Robben Island Museum and Clifton Beaches. Do your shopping at Greenmarket Square and Ndiza Gallery. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden (in Stellenbosch), Franschhoek (Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery, Franschhoek Motor Museum, &more) and Marbrin Olive Growers (in Robertson). The adventure continues: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary site .

Seattle, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Seattle to Cape Town, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in January, expect Cape Town to be much hotter, temps between 81°F and 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Shark Diving, Marbrin Olive Growers, Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, do a tasting at Amarula Lapa, get to know the resident critters at Kinyonga Reptile Center, then take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, and finally stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge, look for gifts at Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then sample the fine beverages at Qualito Craft Distillery, and finally tee off at Hans Merensky Golf Course.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit travel planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. January in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, view the masterpieces at Bamboo, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill, then steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and finally try your luck at Emperors Palace.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Tours

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Sandton City Shopping Centre, Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park, Kromdraai Gold Mine, Emperors Palace
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

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