17 days in South Africa & Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Itinerary

17 days in South Africa & Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 1 night
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 1 night
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Drive
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St Lucia, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive
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UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 day
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 2 nights

City of Light

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 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Nelson Mandela Foundation, and finally stop by Jack Friedman Sandton City.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg day trip planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, expect Johannesburg to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Hazyview.
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Hazyview, South Africa — 1 night

A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hazyview road trip planner.

Fly from Johannesburg to Hazyview in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hoedspruit.
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Hoedspruit, South Africa — 1 night

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 16th (Thu), revel in the low prices at Godding & Godding, then stroll through Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, then view the masterpieces at Kingfisher Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 3 nights

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.
Step out of Kruger National Park with an excursion to Kruger National Park in Nelspruit--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's more to do: trek along Bushmans Trail and stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park road trip planner.

Take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): try your luck at Happy Valley Casino.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary route planner.

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Kruger National Park in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off to St Lucia.
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St Lucia, South Africa — 2 nights

The small coastal town of St Lucia provides travelers with a base for exploring the area's wetlands park, a World Heritage Site of lakes and rich, diverse wildlife.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll through Crocodile Centre St Lucia and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saint Lucia Estuary. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park Wilderness Area.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the St Lucia trip planning app.

Getting from Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to St Lucia by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Umhlanga Rocks.
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Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa — 1 night

Hailed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Umhlanga Rocks boasts beautiful coastlines best suited for surfing, fishing, and whale and dolphin viewing.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): try to win big at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Umhlanga Rocks trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from St Lucia to Umhlanga Rocks takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Umhlanga Rocks can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.
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UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, South Africa — 3 nights

Get out of town with these interesting UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park side-trips: Cathkin Park (Drakensberg Brewery & Drakensberg Boys Choir School).

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park online attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Umhlanga Rocks to UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 1 day

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for gifts at Mambu Design, then contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then get some fabulous bargains at The Diamond Ring By GC Manufacturing Jewellery, and finally make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg tour planning website.

Explore your travel options from UKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park to Johannesburg with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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