34 days in South Africa Itinerary

34 days in South Africa Itinerary

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34 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
1
Johannesburg
— 10 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Pretoria
— 9 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Centurion
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Vereeniging
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Sasolburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

10
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Liliesleaf Farm & Museum (in Rivonia), Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens (in Roodepoort) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Spend the 15th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, stroll through The Cradle of Humankind, get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City, and meet the residents at Johannesburg Zoo.

For ratings and tourist information, read our Johannesburg itinerary maker.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Johannesburg. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pretoria.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Parks Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Sandton, The Cradle of Humankind, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Emperors Palace, Liliesleaf
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©

9
nights
Pretoria

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Explore Pretoria's surroundings by going to Hartbeespoort (Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeesport Dam, Hartbeespoort Dam - Snake and Animal Park, & more), Zipline (in Rustenburg) and Safaris (in Broederstroom). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument, admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, ride a horse along Horseback Africa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Faerie Glen Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pretoria trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Pretoria takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Pretoria can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Centurion.

Things to do in Pretoria

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hartbeespoort, Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Cullinan Diamond Mine, Zipline
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Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre ©
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Kruger House Museum ©
Kruger House Museum
Voortrekker Monument ©
Voortrekker Monument

6
nights
Centurion

Centurion ©
Centurion is an affluent area with 236,580 inhabitants in Gauteng Province of South Africa, located between Pretoria and Midrand . Get out of town with these interesting Centurion side-trips: Magaliesburg (Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij & Balloon Rides), Sun City (Valley of Waves & Kwena Crocodile Farm) and Ukutula Lion Park (in Brits). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Sterkfontein Cave, browse the different shops at Irene Village Mall, experience rural life at Irene Dairy Farm, and look for gifts at Big Man Men’s Outfitters.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Centurion itinerary builder.

Centurion is just a short distance from Pretoria. October in Centurion sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vereeniging.

Things to do in Centurion

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sun City, Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij, Ukutula Conservation Center, Sterkfontein Cave
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Lesedi Cultural Village ©
Lesedi Cultural Village
Valley of Waves ©
Valley of Waves

4
nights
Vereeniging

Vereeniging ©
Vereeniging is a city in Gauteng province, South Africa, situated where the Klip River empties into the northern loop of the Vaal River. Step out of Vereeniging to go to Fochville and see Kraalkop Nature Reserve, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's more to do: get outside with Tapimanzi Adventures.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vereeniging trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Centurion to Vereeniging takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Centurion in October, Vereeniging is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toSasolburg.

Things to do in Vereeniging

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kraalkop Nature Reserve
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Tapimanzi Adventures ©
Tapimanzi Adventures

4
nights
Sasolburg

Sasolburg ©
Sasolburg is a large industrial town within the Metsimaholo Local Municipality in the far north of the Free State province of South Africa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sasolburg: Historic Motorcycle Museum (in Deneysville) and Koppies Dam Nature Reserve (in Koppies). There's more to do: take a tour by water with Old Willows No 7 Houseboats and play a few rounds at Heron Banks Golf and River Estate.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sasolburg itinerary maker.

Sasolburg is just a stone's throw from Vereeniging. In October in Sasolburg, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Sasolburg

Outdoors Tours Golf

Side Trips

Historic Motorcycle Museum, Koppies Dam Nature Reserve
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Koppies Dam Nature Reserve ©
Koppies Dam Nature Reserve

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