12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Africa route planner

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Johannesburg
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Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
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Cape Town
— 4 nights
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Nelspruit
— 2 nights
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St Lucia
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Johannesburg. June in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Sweni Wilderness Trail. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in June: high temperatures in Kruger National Park hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.
Visiting Cape Point and Robben Island Museum will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Groote Kerk, and learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online trip planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Cape Town by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kruger National Park in June, you will find days in Cape Town are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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Nelspruit

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nelspruit trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Nelspruit, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to St Lucia.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Nature · Parks
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St Lucia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Boardwalk Mall. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Cheese Farm & Lodge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our St Lucia journey builder app.

Fly from Nelspruit to St Lucia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St Lucia

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

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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.

KwaZulu-Natal travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · Aquariums · Beaches
In KwaZulu-Natal, opposites attract: modern malls and old bazaars, tribal settlements and shiny skyscrapers, and traditional customs and Western culture. Relax on some of the numerous tranquil beaches that dot the region's long coastline on the Indian Ocean. Climb the mountains, take a savannah safari, see Africa's Big Five game, then go partying after dark. Other highlights of a KwaZulu-Natal itinerary include the second-highest waterfall in the world, Zulu villages, and historic battlefields.