6 days in Pilgrim's Rest, Nelspruit & Bloemfontein Itinerary

6 days in Pilgrim's Rest, Nelspruit & Bloemfontein Itinerary

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6 days in Pilgrim's Rest, Nelspruit & Bloemfontein Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Pilgrim's Rest
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Bloemfontein
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Johannesburg

1
day
Pilgrim's Rest

Pilgrim's Rest ©
Pilgrim’s Rest is a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa which is protected as a provincial heritage site. On the 4th (Fri), stroll through Wonder View, take a memorable drive along Panorama Route, then take in panoramic vistas at God's Window, then stop by Ponieskrantz, and finally make a trip to Pilgrims Rest.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pilgrim's Rest holiday planner .

Johannesburg to Pilgrim's Rest is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Pilgrim's Rest

Scenic Drive Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Graskop, God's Window
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Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
God's Window ©
God's Window
Pilgrims Rest ©
Pilgrims Rest

3
nights
Nelspruit

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, then buy something for everyone on your list at i'langa Mall, then Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and finally see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at South African National Parks and then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Pilgrim's Rest to Nelspruit takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Pilgrim's Rest in October, expect nights in Nelspruit to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Bloemfontein.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

South African National Parks
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Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

2
nights
Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein ©
Poetically hailed as the "city of roses" and the birthplace of J.
Bloemfontein is known for museums, fun & games, wildlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anglo Boer War Museum, admire the natural beauty at Free State National Botanical Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Loch Logan Waterfront, and browse the fresh offerings at Langenhoven Park Farmers Market.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Bloemfontein trip maker site .

Getting from Nelspruit to Bloemfontein by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nelspruit in October, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Bloemfontein: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bloemfontein

Parks Museums Shopping
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Free State National Botanical Garden ©
Anglo Boer War Museum ©
Anglo Boer War Museum
Oliewenhuis Art Museum ©
Oliewenhuis Art Museum

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