13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
2
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Knysna
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Stellenbosch
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
5
Cape Town
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  22​h
End: New York City

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Gautrain, Apartheid Museum, Maboneng Precinct, and other attractions. There's more to do: stroll through The Cradle of Humankind and take a stroll through Melville.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner .

New York City, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 7 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Theme Parks Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

The Cradle of Humankind
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct
The Cradle of Humankind ©
The Cradle of Humankind

2
nights
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.
Safaris has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kruger National Park online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris

2
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
You've now added Knysna Elephant Park to your itinerary. On the 16th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Buffalo Bay. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knysna Elephant Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Knysna trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Kruger National Park to Knysna takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Kruger National Park in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Knysna: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Knysna Elephant Park ©
Knysna Elephant Park
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary ©
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

3
nights
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spice Route Destination, Stellenbosch University, Oom Samie Se Winkel, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): hit the sights you want to with Vine Hopper, look for gifts at Oom Samie Se Winkel, and then admire all the interesting features of Stellenbosch University. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Spice Route Destination.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Stellenbosch online road trip planner .

You can drive from Knysna to Stellenbosch in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Spice Route Destination
Highlights from your plan
Vine Hopper ©
Vine Hopper
Spice Route Destination ©
Spice Route Destination
Oom Samie Se Winkel ©
Oom Samie Se Winkel

2
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Table Mountain Aerial Cableway as well as Boulders Beach. On the 21st (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and then kick back and relax at Boulders Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable ride with Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, get to know the fascinating history of St Georges Mall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, and finally take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Cape Town day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Stellenbosch to Cape Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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