15 days in South Africa Itinerary

15 days in South Africa Itinerary

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15 days in South Africa Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  33​h
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Nelspruit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Hoedspruit
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Johannesburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
San Francisco

5
days
Cape Town

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, beaches, parks, and wildlife areas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Table Mountain National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and admire all the interesting features of Cape of Good Hope.

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San Francisco, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 33-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cape Town. In October, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

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Parks Nature Beaches
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Table Mountain National Park
Cape of Good Hope

2
days
Nelspruit

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

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You can fly from Cape Town to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kruger National Park
Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Sudwala Caves

2
days
Hoedspruit

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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Getting from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hoedspruit are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

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Kruger National Park
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Safaris

2
days
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.
On the 27th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, and then examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

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You can fly from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hoedspruit in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Johannesburg, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

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Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill

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