21 days in Johannesburg, Durban & Cape Town Itinerary

21 days in Johannesburg, Durban & Cape Town Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dusseldorf
+3
Train + Fly + Foot + Train:  15 h
1
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Durban
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Cape Town
— 7 nights
Fly + Train:  16 h
End: Dusseldorf

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Union Buildings and Melrose Temple. Get in touch with nature at Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre and Ukutula Conservation Center. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Lesedi Cultural Village (in Lanseria), Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve (in Krugersdorp). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, browse the different shops at Sandton City Shopping Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Pretoria National Botanical Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Carlton Centre.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg road trip planning tool.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Johannesburg is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in November, expect nights in Johannesburg to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are much hotter, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pretoria, Brits, Sandton City Shopping Centre, Lesedi Cultural Village, Sterkfontein Cave
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Sterkfontein Cave ©
Sterkfontein Cave
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre ©
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

5
nights
Durban

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple and The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban. You'll get in some beach time at Umhlanga Main Beach and Golden Mile. Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Umkomaas) and Flag Animal Farm (in Salt Rock). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Thompson's Bay Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at West Street Mosque, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, and see where the action happens at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durban day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Durban, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

KartingKZN Galleria, Thompson's Bay Beach, Umhlanga Main Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Flag Animal Farm
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Thompson's Bay Beach ©
Thompson's Bay Beach
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

7
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Groot Constantia and Warwick Wine Estate. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chapman's Peak Drive and Bloubergstrand Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl), Franschhoek (Lynx Wine, Eikehof, &more) and Stellenbosch (Delaire Graff Estate, Dyman Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scarborough Beach, do a tasting at Beau Constantia, and see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Cape Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Durban in November, things will get slightly colder in Cape Town: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese
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Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Waterford Estate ©
Waterford Estate
Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese

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