15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Nelspruit
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Hermanus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

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Sydney, Australia to Johannesburg is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Johannesburg. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit route planner.

Fly from Johannesburg to Nelspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nelspruit are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Nature Parks
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park

3
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Bushmans Trail. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve and trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kruger National Park attractions planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, and then stroll through Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at 24 Degrees South and then stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit vacation app .

Getting from Kruger National Park to Hoedspruit by combination of taxi and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Hoedspruit, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Kingfisher Gallery ©
Kingfisher Gallery

1
night
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll through Voelklip Beach, kick back and relax at Grotto Beach, and then stop by Funky Vibes.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hermanus trip planning tool .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Hermanus by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In December in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hermanus

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Funky Vibes ©
Funky Vibes

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.
Robben Island and Maclear's Beacon will appeal to history buffs. Head to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Greenmarket Squarefor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach, learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town road trip site .

You can drive from Hermanus to Cape Town in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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