15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nelspruit
— 3 nights
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Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cape Town
— 6 nights
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Johannesburg

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
For shopping fun, head to Finders Keepers Market or The Mall of Rosebank. Do some cultural sightseeing at Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, gain some tasty knowledge on Time Anchor Distillery, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, and browse the different shops at 24 Boxes.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Johannesburg is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeddah to Johannesburg. While traveling from Jeddah, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Nelspruit

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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.
Shop till you drop at Katundo Leather Pty Ltd and The White River Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery (in White River) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). The adventure continues: pick up some local products at Bagdad Farmers Market, make a splash at Riverside Mall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and buy something for everyone on your list at i'langa Mall.

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Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Nelspruit. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hoedspruit

— 2 nights
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.
On the 12th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, then view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, and then look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: revel in the low prices at Godding & Godding and then take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In September in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Shopping · Museums

Cape Town

— 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Shop till you drop at Greenmarket Square and Cape Quarter Mall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Robben Island Museum and Bo-kaap. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, pick up some local products at Neighbourgoods Market, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and contemplate the long history of Groot Constantia.

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You can fly from Hoedspruit to Cape Town in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hoedspruit in September; daily highs in Cape Town reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.