9 days in South Africa Itinerary

9 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Sun City
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Johannesburg, Fly to Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth
— 2 nights
Cape Town
— 2 nights



— 2 nights

City of Light

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 9th (Fri), make a trip to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, then see the interesting displays at Lindfield Victorian House Museum, then engage your brain at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, and finally browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Sandton City.

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Doha, Qatar to Johannesburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Johannesburg is colder than Doha - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sun City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Sun City

— 2 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Kwena Crocodile Farm and Gary Player Health Spa. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Pilanesberg National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sun City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Sun City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Sun City

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Port Elizabeth

— 2 nights

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve, and then stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery, then stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park, and then stroll around Londt Park Miniature Railway.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Port Elizabeth road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Sun City to Port Elizabeth takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Sun City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Port Elizabeth, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Cape Town

— 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 15th (Thu), awaken your taste buds at Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours, then take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and then hike along Platteklip Gorge.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

South Africa travel guide

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.

Eastern Cape travel guide

Nature & Parks · Parks · Zipline
Serving as landing site and home of settlers in the 1820s, Eastern Cape also remains the traditional home of the Xhosa people. The diverse landscape provides a dizzying array of vacation ideas in the Eastern Cape: see arid deserts in the interior, or the lush, humid land to the east--home to elephants, buffalo, and the endangered black rhino. Add cultural components to your Eastern Cape itinerary with numerous monuments, museums, and galleries that tell the story of the country's numerous ethnicities.