17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Sydney

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town vacation maker site .

Sydney, Australia to Cape Town is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Cape Town, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cape Town, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Kruger National Park (Safaris & Napi Wilderness Trail) and Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Zipline). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nelspruit itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Hazyview
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Kruger National Park (Sweni Wilderness Trail, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, & more), Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). There's more to do: view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail ©
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail

4
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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, historic sites, theme parks, wildlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, and try to win big at Montecasino.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, Montecasino
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©

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