18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa trip planner
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Johannesburg
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
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Durban
— 2 nights
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Cape Town
— 8 nights
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Johannesburg — 3 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.
Attractions like Apartheid Museum and Maboneng Precinct make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park (in Hartbeespoort) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip tool.

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. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kruger National Park.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Kruger National Park — 4 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.
When in Kruger National Park, make a side trip to see Kruger National Park in Nelspruit, approximately Nelspruit away. Spend the 30th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park road trip website.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Durban.
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Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Durban — 2 nights

Surf City

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): look for gifts at Joe's Corner Shop, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at uShaka Marine World, then stroll through Golden Mile, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Durban trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Kruger National Park to Durban in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kruger National Park in December since evenings lows in Durban dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town — 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town tour itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Durban to Cape Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Durban in January since evenings lows in Cape Town dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
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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