12 days in Cape Town, Kruger National Park & Johannesburg Itinerary

12 days in Cape Town, Kruger National Park & Johannesburg Itinerary

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12 days in Cape Town, Kruger National Park & Johannesburg Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  27​h
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Ferry:  25​h
End: Playa del Carmen

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town road trip planning tool .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Cape Town is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Cape Town. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Playa del Carmen in August; daily highs in Cape Town reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

3
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Spend the 10th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, and stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park online route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Kruger National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cape Town in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kruger National Park, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, and then make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and then look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg attractions website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in August, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Johannesburg. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Theme Parks Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Nelson Mandela Square
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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