17 days in South Africa & Mbabane Itinerary

17 days in South Africa & Mbabane Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa & Mbabane Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  16 h
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
2
Krugersdorp, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
St Lucia, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Durban, South Africa
— Few hours
Fly:  4 h
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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

London, UK to Johannesburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. In March, Johannesburg is warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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nights
Krugersdorp, South Africa

Krugersdorp ©
Krugersdorp is a mining city in the West Rand, Gauteng Province, South Africa founded in 1887 by Marthinus Pretorius. On the 21st (Sat), stroll through Ukutula Conservation Center. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Boer War Blockhouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, and then Head underground at Wonder Caves.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Krugersdorp trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Johannesburg to Krugersdorp in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Krugersdorp can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Mbabane.

Things to do in Krugersdorp

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kromdraai Gold Mine, Ukutula Conservation Center, Lion and Safari Park
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Wonder Caves ©
Wonder Caves
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve ©
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

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nights
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Mbabane ©
Although attractions in Mbabane itself remain scarce, this capital of the Kingdom of Swaziland provides a picturesque setting, pleasant weather, and plenty of amenities for tourists exploring the nation's mountains, forests, and valleys.
Get out of town with these interesting Mbabane side-trips: Swazi Candles (in Malkerns), Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (in Ezulwini) and Manzini (Mantenga Cultural Village & Mantenga Nature Reserve). Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Hlane Royal National Park. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nyonyane Mountain, hunt for treasures at Traditional Swazi Craft Markets, try to win big at Happy Valley Casino, and have some family-friendly fun at Lugogo Sun.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mbabane day trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Krugersdorp to Mbabane. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Mbabane

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Manzini, Happy Valley Casino, Swazi Candles, Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
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Hlane Royal National Park ©
Hlane Royal National Park
Happy Valley Casino ©
Happy Valley Casino
Mantenga Cultural Village ©
Mantenga Cultural Village

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St Lucia, South Africa

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Vidal Lighthouse, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our St Lucia trip planner.

Take a bus from Durban to St Lucia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Mbabane.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Safaris
Saint Lucia Estuary ©
Saint Lucia Estuary
Canerat Crafts ©
Canerat Crafts

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Durban, South Africa

Durban
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.
For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Durban trip planner.

You can fly from Port Elizabeth to Durban in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Durban is somewhat warmer than Port Elizabeth - with highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C. You will leave for St Lucia on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Groote Kerk.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online journey planner .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Mossel Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to South Western Townships and then get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Mbabane to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Union Buildings
Highlights from your plan
Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct
Lindfield Victorian House Museum ©
Lindfield Victorian House Museum
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

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