13 days in South Africa & Serengeti National Park Itinerary

13 days in South Africa & Serengeti National Park Itinerary

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13 days in South Africa & Serengeti National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  26 h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  10 h
3
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32 h
End: San Francisco, United States

5
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon. Visit Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Llandudno Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Point, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary maker site .

San Francisco, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cape Town: highs are around 79°F and lows about 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
For shopping fun, head to I was shot in Joburg or Walter Sisulu Square. Constitution Hill and Mandela House will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Union Buildings in Pretoria, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Sandton City Shopping Centre, stop by Deer Design, and try to win big at Montecasino.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg route tool .

Getting from Cape Town to Johannesburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

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Side Trips

Sandton, Union Buildings
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©

2
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
On the 29th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then stroll through Retima Hippo Pool.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Johannesburg to Serengeti National Park with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Serengeti National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Serengeti National Park at 68°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool
Off-Road Tours

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