8 days in South Africa Itinerary

8 days in South Africa Itinerary

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8 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Johannesburg
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

3
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 in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, look for all kinds of wild species at Platteklip Gorge, and take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town trip itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Cape Town. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

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

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.
Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 29th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sweni Wilderness Trail and hike along Lonely Bull Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park tour itinerary website .

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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