19 days in South Africa Itinerary

19 days in South Africa Itinerary

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19 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Franschhoek
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  15 h
5
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
6
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26 h
End: Amsterdam

3
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.
Visit Nan Hua Temple and Gandhi Square for their historical value. Get outdoors at Horseback Africa and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Carlton Centre, take an in-depth tour of Liliesleaf, and browse the exhibits of I was shot in Joburg.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary builder tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in February, with highs in Johannesburg at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Outdoors Casinos

Side Trips

Liliesleaf, Horseback Africa, Nan Hua Temple
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Liliesleaf ©
Liliesleaf
Horseback Africa ©
Horseback Africa
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. !Khwa ttu and Groot Constantia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Darling Sweet in Darling--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Beach, see the interesting displays at Great Synagogue, take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Franschhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chapman's Peak Drive, Darling Sweet, !Khwa ttu
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
!Khwa ttu ©
!Khwa ttu

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): do a tasting at Nederburg Wines, see the interesting displays at Franschhoek Motor Museum, do a tasting at Eikehof, then learn about winemaking at La Bourgogne Farm, and finally see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons Tasting Centre, do a tasting at Terra Del Capo - Tasting Room, then do a tasting at Topiary Wines, and finally view the masterpieces at Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Franschhoek online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Franschhoek takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Franschhoek can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Franschhoek

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Nederburg Wines
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
First South African Perfume Museum ©
First South African Perfume Museum
Nederburg Wines ©
Nederburg Wines

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
On the 19th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Kwaaiwater, look and learn at SANSA Space Science, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Whale Coast, then stop by Rossouw Modern, and finally stroll through African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, enjoy the sand and surf at Pringle Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kleinmond Beach, then explore the galleries of Originals Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hermanus day trip planning site .

You can drive from Franschhoek to Hermanus in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pringle Bay Beach, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Honingklip Brewery & Restaurant, Kleinmond Beach
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Kwaaiwater ©
Kwaaiwater
Pringle Bay  Beach ©
Pringle Bay Beach
Kleinmond Beach ©
Kleinmond Beach

1
night
Johannesburg

Johannesburg
For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hermanus to Johannesburg in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off toKruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

3
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Three Roundavels and Amarula Lapa. Escape the urban bustle at Kruger National Park and Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. When in Kruger National Park, make a side trip to see Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Kruger National Park, Three Roundavels
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Three Roundavels ©
Three Roundavels

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