27 days in South Africa, Istanbul & Ankara Itinerary

27 days in South Africa, Istanbul & Ankara Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 1 night
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 5 nights

Mother City

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and take a stroll through Bo-kaap.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Cape Town is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Karachi in July, expect Cape Town to be cooler, temps between 20°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Durban.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Durban, South Africa

— 2 nights

Surf City

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.
On the 16th (Fri), make a splash at uShaka Marine World and then stop by Joe's Corner Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, then walk around Umgeni River Bird Park, and finally browse the exhibits of Makiwa Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Durban trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Durban takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in July; daily highs in Durban reach 27°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Wildlife

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Amarula Lapa in Phalaborwa (about 1h 50 min away). Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Idube Game Reserve, trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park road trip website.

You can fly from Durban to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Durban in July since evenings lows in Kruger National Park dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 1 night
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit driving holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Hazyview.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Spas

Hazyview, South Africa

— 4 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Nelspruit (Joubert en Seuns Padstal, Lowveld National Botanical Garden, &more) and White River (Into The Kruger Wildlife Gallery & Bagdad Farmers Market). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hazyview trip planning app.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Hazyview in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hazyview to Istanbul. The time zone difference when traveling from Hazyview to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Hazyview in July, expect Istanbul to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Ankara, Turkey

— 4 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, admire the striking features of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), look for gifts at Pia Stop-coffee.shoes.accessories, and make a trip to Musa aga camii.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ankara trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect nights in Ankara to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.