16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Phuthaditjhaba
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Himeville
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg
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Nelspruit
— 1 night
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Kruger National Park
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Phuthaditjhaba

— 1 night
Phuthaditjhaba is a town in the Free State province of South Africa. To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Phuthaditjhaba trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg to Phuthaditjhaba is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. February in Phuthaditjhaba sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Himeville.

Things to do in Phuthaditjhaba

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Himeville

— 6 nights
Himeville is a small village/town situated in the foothills of the picturesque Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, approx 130 km from Pietermaritzburg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sani Pass and Off-Road Tours. Get in touch with nature at Maloti Drakensberg Park and Highmoor Nature Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeville: Marutswa Forest Trail and Boardwalk (in Bulwer), The Buddhist Retreat Centre (in Ixopo) and Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (in Boston). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamberg Nature Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reichenau Mission, pick up some local products at Pucketty Farm, and take in the exciting artwork at Underberg Studio.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Himeville sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Phuthaditjhaba to Himeville in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Himeville

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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Cape Town

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Franschhoek Motor Museum and Stony Point Penguin Colony. Get in touch with nature at Cape Point and Helderberg Nature Reserve. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Grotto Beach (in Hermanus), Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon (in Langebaan) and Eikehof (in Franschhoek). There's still lots to do: hike along Platteklip Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Twelve Apostles, stroll through Fish Hoek Beach, and stop by Baraka Gifts and Decor.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town attractions planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Himeville to Cape Town. In March, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

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Johannesburg

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.
To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 11th (Wed), you're off to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

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Nelspruit

— 1 night

Gateway to the Lowveld

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nelspruit day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Nelspruit takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In March in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Kruger National Park

— 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Masorini Archaeological Site. Visiting Olifants Wilderness Trail and Sweni Wilderness Trail will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

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South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.

Drakensberg Region travel guide

3.8
Zipline · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Universities & Schools
A vacation in the Drakensberg Region puts you in a World Heritage-listed mountainous wilderness, where painted rock art remains as the legacy of the San people, or Bushmen. The region's name comes from Dutch and means "mountains of dragons," because the tips of the mountains form the scales of legendary European monsters believed to reside there. Things to do in Drakensberg include hiking various trails through the cliffs, camping in ancient caves, and outdoor activities such as rappelling, rock climbing, and ice climbing in winter--just be sure you register with the mountain rescue service.