17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  23 h 30 min
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Franschhoek
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
5
Hoedspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
6
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Chicago

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Nelson Mandela Foundation.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg day trip site .

Chicago, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Johannesburg is 8 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Chicago in December; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 83°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nelson Mandela Foundation ©
Nelson Mandela Foundation

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kalk Bay Harbour, Two Oceans Aquarium, Long Street Baths, and other attractions. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island Museum and South African Jewish Museum. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and wander the streets of Bo-kaap.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

2
nights
Franschhoek

Franschhoek ©
Situated in a fertile valley between two mountains, the picturesque village of Franschhoek bills itself as a culinary heaven, with renowned wine estates dotting its surroundings.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Franschhoek Wine Tram as well as African Hands Art Gallery. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): hit the sights you want to with Franschhoek Wine Tram. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum, view the masterpieces at African Hands Art Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Franschhoek visit planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Franschhoek takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Franschhoek can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Tours Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
First South African Perfume Museum ©
First South African Perfume Museum
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Franschhoek Wine Tram ©
Franschhoek Wine Tram

1
night
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
City Sightseeing Joburg has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): hit the sights you want to with City Sightseeing Joburg.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Franschhoek to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours
Highlights from your plan
City Sightseeing Joburg ©
City Sightseeing Joburg

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve), Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park (in Kruger National Park) and Qualito Craft Distillery (in Phalaborwa).

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit online tour itinerary maker .

Fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 63°F. You will leave for Johannesburg on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Qualito Craft Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Qualito Craft Distillery ©
Qualito Craft Distillery

1
night
Johannesburg

Johannesburg ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

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Getting from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

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