16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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16 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Drive:  6​h
1
Himeville
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
St Lucia
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h
3
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Johannesburg
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Lydenburg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Himeville

Himeville ©
Himeville is a small village/town situated in the foothills of the picturesque Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, approx 130 km from Pietermaritzburg. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maloti Drakensberg Park and Tugela Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at The Buddhist Retreat Centre and Underberg Studio. Explore Himeville's surroundings by going to Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (in Boston), Kamberg Nature Reserve (in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park) and Cathedral Peak (in Kokwane). Next up on the itinerary: pick up some local products at Pucketty Farm.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Himeville visit planning website .

Johannesburg to Himeville is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to St Lucia.

Things to do in Himeville

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, Underberg, The Buddhist Retreat Centre, Stormy Hill Trails & Tails, Tugela Falls
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Stormy Hill Trails & Tails ©
Stormy Hill Trails & Tails
Maloti Drakensberg Park ©
Maloti Drakensberg Park
Kamberg Nature Reserve ©
Kamberg Nature Reserve

3
nights
St Lucia

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.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and St Lucia Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Veyane Cultural Village and Tunga Needlework Studio. Go for a jaunt from St Lucia to Ophondweni to see Zamimpilo Community Market about 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bhangazi Horse Safaris.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St Lucia tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Himeville to St Lucia takes 5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Cape Town.

Things to do in St Lucia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tunga Needlework Studio, Zamimpilo Community Market
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Safaris
iSimangaliso Wetland Park ©
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Bhangazi Horse Safaris ©
Bhangazi Horse Safaris

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Franschhoek Motor Museum and Eikehof. Get outdoors at Cape Point and Helderberg Nature Reserve. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon (in Langebaan) and Grotto Beach (in Hermanus). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fish Hoek Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Platteklip Gorge.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from St Lucia to Cape Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Grotto Beach, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon
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Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

few
hours
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.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll set off for Lydenburg on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Lydenburg

Lydenburg
Lydenburg is a town in Thaba Chweu Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa. To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lydenburg online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Lydenburg takes 3.5 hours. In March in Lydenburg, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll set off for Kruger National Park on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Lydenburg

Fun & Games Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Kruger National Park and Olifants Wilderness Trail. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, and stroll through Idube Game Reserve.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Lydenburg to Kruger National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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