16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Swellendam
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h
End: Johannesburg

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.
Do your shopping at Art Eye Gallery and Jack Friedman Eastgate. Get some historical perspective at Constitution Hill and Mandela House. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, view the masterpieces at Kim Sacks Gallery, buy something for everyone on your list at Sandton City Mall, and learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Johannesburg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Johannesburg. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, Sandton City Mall
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

3
nights
Hoedspruit

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.
You'll explore and learn at Kingfisher Gallery and iNyoka Art Gallery. Do your shopping at 24 Degrees South and Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park) and Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

3
nights
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.
The White River Gallery and Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Katundo Leather Shop or i'langa Mall. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Safaris (in Kruger National Park) and Antiques & Artifacts (in White River). The adventure continues: browse the fresh offerings at Bagdad Farmers Market and Head underground at Sudwala Caves.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit road trip planning site .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Shopping Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

White River, Katundo Leather Shop, Safaris
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Safaris
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
The White River Gallery ©
The White River Gallery

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Let the collections at District Six Museum and Visions Gallery capture your imagination. Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, hike along Platteklip Gorge, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Swellendam.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

2
nights
Swellendam

Swellendam ©
Regarded as South Africa's third-oldest town, Swellendam contains over 50 provincial heritage sites and well-preserved examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Drostdy Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery, stop by IBIS Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Marbrin Olive Growers, and finally learn about winemaking at Esona Boutique Wine Estate. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Excelsior Wine Estate and then browse the exhibits of Hick's Art Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Swellendam vacation app .

Getting from Cape Town to Swellendam by car takes about 2.5 hours. December in Swellendam sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Swellendam

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Robertson, Montagu
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Marbrin Olive Growers ©
Marbrin Olive Growers
Drostdy Museum ©
Drostdy Museum
Esona Boutique Wine Estate ©
Esona Boutique Wine Estate

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