8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then view the masterpieces at Art Eye Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then view the masterpieces at Kim Sacks Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg day trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Shopping
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

2
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.
On the 14th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Amarula Lapa, sample the fine beverages at Qualito Craft Distillery, and then hike along Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, then browse the exhibits of Kingfisher Gallery, then buy something for everyone on your list at 24 Degrees South, and finally take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hoedspruit road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery
Amarula Lapa ©
Amarula Lapa

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nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Robben Island Museum and District Six Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, browse the different shops at Cape Quarter Mall, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

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Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. While traveling from Hoedspruit, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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