13 days in South Africa Itinerary

13 days in South Africa Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  13​h
1
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Riyadh

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): gain interesting insight with Constitution Hill, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and finally look for gifts at Jack Friedman Eastgate. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then contemplate the long history of Union Buildings.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip builder site .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Johannesburg is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Riyadh in March, Johannesburg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Union Buildings, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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 10th (Tue), do a tasting at Amarula Lapa, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Qualito Craft Distillery, and then identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, then view the masterpieces at iNyoka Art Gallery, and then stroll through Phuza Moya Private Game Reserve.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hoedspruit tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
iNyoka Art Gallery ©
iNyoka Art Gallery

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Zipline (in Hazyview) and Kruger National Park (Safaris & Napi Wilderness Trail). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, stop by Joubert en Seuns Padstal, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit tour planner .

Traveling by car from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In March, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Zipline
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Safaris
Zipline
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

5
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Signal Hill.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Cape Town vacation planner .

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 19th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

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