9 days in South Africa & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

9 days in South Africa & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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9 days in South Africa & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
3
Durban, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Maclear's Beacon, then admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, and then see the interesting displays at First South African Perfume Museum. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, then explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum, and then see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cape Town travel planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airport is Cape Town International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Cape Town

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First South African Perfume Museum
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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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Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth ©
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.
On the 6th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Ron Belling Art Gallery and then stroll through Shamwari Game Reserve.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Port Elizabeth are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Ron Belling Art Gallery ©
Ron Belling Art Gallery

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Durban, South Africa

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 7th (Sat), have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple, then take in the history at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Durban trip builder website .

Getting from Port Elizabeth to Durban by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in September, expect Durban to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Makiwa Gallery
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Shark Diving
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple ©
Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Johannesburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Johannesburg, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Johannesburg

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

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Casa de Santos Dumont. Get outdoors at Pao de Acucar and Copacabana Beach. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Petropolis and see Imperial Museum, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, stroll around Parque Lage, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and explore the world behind art at Museu Chacara do Ceu.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 15 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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