16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Bus
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Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Hazyview
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Johannesburg
— 2 nights

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Cape Town

— 4 nights

Mother City

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town vacation planner.

Johannesburg to Cape Town is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in September: highs in Cape Town hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Kruger National Park

— 4 nights
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 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 10th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kruger National Park day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Kruger National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoedspruit

— 3 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.
Take a break from Hoedspruit with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, explore the galleries of Kingfisher Gallery, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and play a few rounds at Drakensig Golf Club.

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Traveling by bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Hazyview

— 2 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Elephant Whispers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Elephant Sanctuary, and then steep yourself in history at Shangana Cultural Village. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hazyview trip planner.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Hazyview by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hazyview are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Johannesburg

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and finally look for gifts at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Hazyview to Johannesburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hazyview in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.