16 days in New York City & South Africa Itinerary

16 days in New York City & South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in New York City & South Africa Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
train:  30​min
1
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
2
Durban, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Newark, United States

3
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, stroll around The High Line, make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary planner .

Newark to New York City is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1
night
Durban, South Africa

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Umhlanga Beach and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Durban trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from New York City to Durban by flight takes about 19.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Durban to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Umhlanga Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving

3
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Napi Wilderness Trail. Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, and stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nelspruit road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Durban to Nelspruit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, Nelspruit is little chillier than Durban - with highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Safaris
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

3
nights
Hoedspruit, South Africa

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.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Kruger National Park (Masorini Archaeological Site & Sweni Wilderness Trail) and Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hoedspruit online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

3
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Visiting Cape Point and Platteklip Gorge will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cape Point, examine the collection at Great Synagogue, learn about winemaking at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, and cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Hoedspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in June: highs in Cape Town hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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