17 days in South Africa Itinerary

17 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Reykjavik
Fly:
28​h
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:
4​h 30​min
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:
2​h 30​min
Hoedspruit
— 4 nights
Fly + train:
2​h 45​min
Johannesburg
— 3 nights
Fly:
22​h 45​min
Reykjavik

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5
days
Cape Town


Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Table Mountain and Clifton Beaches. Venture out of the city with trips to Boulders Beach (in Simon's Town) and Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, explore and take pictures at Greenmarket Square, take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town holiday planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Cape Town is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Reykjavik in May; daily highs in Cape Town reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks, Sightseeing, Nature, Beaches
SIDE TRIPS : Cape Town Central, Table Mountain National Park, Klein Constantia, Boulders Beach, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
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3
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kruger National Park and Sudwala Caves. Change things up with a short trip to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: head off-road at local off-road trails, look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Nelspruit by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks, Nature, Wildlife Areas, Tours
SIDE TRIPS : Shautany Chocolatiers, Elephant Whispers
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4
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Thornbush Game Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hoedspruit: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve) and Thornybush Game Reserve (in Kruger National Park). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at African Dawn Safaris Tours & Transfers - Day Safaris. There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Hoedspruit sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks, Wildlife Areas, Trails, Tours
SIDE TRIPS : Kruger National Park, Idube Game Reserve
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3
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Wild Cave Adventures and Horseback Africa. Pack the 7th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum and get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip builder.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hoedspruit in June; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 21°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Theme Parks, Casinos, Fun & Games, Parks
SIDE TRIPS : Wild Cave Adventures, Horseback Africa
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