Guide sur l'Afrique du Sud: Parc Kruger Rivière

Our Travel Guide to South Africa: itineraries, must-sees, and more!

To the point Everything you need to prepare your trip to South Africa is in this article! Itineraries, ideas for attractions, useful links, enough to help you and make your dream trip come true!
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Let yourself be seduced by the landscapes of South Africa and discover the story of Nelson Mandela. A culturally rich country that will not leave you indifferent! This guide to South Africa will help you plan your wonderful trip.

Between discoveries, cultural walks, family activities and restaurants, you will be charmed!

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A bit of history

South Africa deserves to be known for the beauty of its territory but also for its heavy and complex history that has shaped the country and left indelible traces.

The arrival of the first settlers in the 15th century led to the beginning of several expeditions, wars and conquests.

The afrikaners designating white Africans of Dutch, French, German or Scandinavian origin will occupy the Cape of Good Hope region and will gradually advocate their superiority over the blacks.

In the course of time, a policy based on racial segregation will be put in place including that of the Apartheid in 1948 which will be abolished only in June 1991 thanks in part to Nelson Mandela, who became in 1994 the first black President of South Africa.

Many have fallen in love with this country once they have come! This is also our case and we hope that this guide will help you better prepare your future trip or make you want to discover it. A multitude of activities and visits await you.

Finally, at the end of the article, you will find suggested itineraries for 1, 2 or 3 weeks and more!

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Guide to South Africa: The essentials

To see

Cape Town and its region

Cape Town is a very pleasant city with many tourist attractions, breathtaking landscapes. The atmosphere is completely different from the one in Johannesburg, it feels really good!

It is possible to visit it in a few days if not even 48 hours. Ideally we would recommend at least 4 days to reserve 1 day for the visit of the Cape of Good Hope and other surrounding attractions as well as a day to visit the vineyards. Stellenbosch has the advantage of being closer than Franschhoek, but if your time is too limited, choose Constantia winery. However, the town of Franschhoek, more charming and in a beautiful valley, is really worth a visit for its French charm and good wines.

Visit the site on the Stellenbosch region and its wine route to make a choice and find out about all the events in the region.

The west coast, north of Cape Town, can be interesting to visit as well, as there are several vineyards and national parks, with more access to bird watching and flora. Favour spring to go there and observe the budding of the flowers.

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Examples of activities or points of interest to visit
  • Walk to the Clock Tower, then to the Waterfront V&A, via the Lindt Boutique for an ice cream.
  • Visit the aquarium with the children
  • Eat at the Grand Africa and Beach or one of the many restaurants along the Waterfront.
  • Climb to the top of Table Mountain for a panoramic view with the cable car, weather permitting.
  • Visit the different districts of the city with the red bus without forgetting the Malaysian district, Bo Kaap with a guide.
  • Watching a sunset from the top of Signal Hill.
  • Discover one of the city’s museums such as the District 6 Museum.
  • Take a boat trip to Robben Island to visit the prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
  • Rent a bike with Up Cycles (drop off/in) to ride the whole coast.
  • Take the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive and daydream on the white sandy beach of Kommetjie.
  • Attend an outdoor movie at the botanical garden – programming
  • Walk the easy family trail, Elephant Eye.
  • Spend an afternoon in the artist town of Kalk Bay.
  • Climb to the Cape Point Lighthouse with the Flying Dutchman funicular and then to the Cape of Good Hope. Watch out for the winds and the monkeys! Several possible stops: Dias Beach, Platboom Beach.
  • Meet the “Cape Penguins” of Simon’s Town at Boulders Beach.
  • Attend a show in one of the many theatres in the city.
  • Enjoy a good glass of wine in one of the many vineyards of the region.
  • Recharge your batteries in the West Coast National Park Reserve and watch its flowers budding from August to September.

The Garden Route

Close to Cape Town, the Garden Route is a road renowned for its panoramic views of the coast with its hilly landscapes. Officially it starts in Riversdale and ends in Storms River via the N2 road. As you continue on your way, this one will take you to Port Elizabeth.

Within a few hours drive, you will pass through various resorts, farms, memorials, hiking trails, national parks and much more, all safely.

Buy the NMB pass or Nelson Mandela Bay pass which will give you free or low cost access to many attractions.

Examples of activities or points of interest to visit
  • Take scenic route 62 for beautiful coastal views towards Montagu and then join the N2 at Riversdale.
  • Take the Klein Karoo wine route. For those who prefer beer, a course is also available!
  • Spend a night in the luxurious Garden Route Game Lodge, one of the first reserves to reintroduce the Big Five.
  • Play a round of golf at Wedgewood near Port Elizabeth.
  • Visit an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn. There are many farms in the area.
  • Visit Cheetah Outreach to Gordon’s Bay and then go to Betty’s Bay for penguins.
  • Take a boat to Hermanus to go whale watching (between June and October)
  • Walk to Cango Wildlife Ranch and enter Cango Caves then spot the Meringspoort waterfall.
  • Daydream on the beach at Buffalo Bay or Benton on Sea and taste the flavourful Knysna oysters.
  • Watch the flowers bloom in Bontebok National Park in the spring and try to see zebras and mountain antelopes.
  • Visit Donkin Reserve, the highest point in Port Elizabeth where memorials and works of art are erected.
  • Take a walk in the forest at Flat Rock, Wilderness or see The Heads cliffs.
  • Stroll through a popular market like the one in the town of George or Sedgfield.
  • Take the short Kranshoek Flora hike for beautiful scenery and picnicking.
  • Visit the center of Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation.
  • Bungee jumping from the top of the Bloukrans Bridge, one of the highest in the world.
  • Take a cooking class to discover the secrets of South African cuisine.
  • Go to Tsitsikamma Park then Big Tree and finally end up on Seal Point Lighthouse.
  • Rest at the Birds of Eden beach.
  • Visit the private reserve of Amakhala or the small reserve of Kragga Kamma.
  • Meet and picnic with elephants in Addo Elephant Park, South Africa’s third largest park.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of activities, but there’s plenty of time! Many other activities exist. For more tour ideas, read the Free Gateway guide to the Garden Route. We will have to make choices or come back on future trips 🙂

From Durban to the Kruger Park Region

Discover the city of Durban, a seaside resort in South Africa, and its surrounding attractions!

If the Kruger or Addo Elephant Park experience wasn’t enough for you, you will be served with this route where several national parks are located!

The Kruger Park remains the best known and will seduce nature lovers. It will make everyone want to play “hoarder”! Of course everyone will be looking for the Big 5, blessed are those who see them. But what a happy moment to observe elephants, giraffes or zebras in their natural habitat.

Examples of activities or points of interest to visit
  • Participate in a safari to observe South Africa’s wildlife with the keen eye of a specialist.
  • Why not repeat the experience at night, to have a better chance of crossing the coveted felines.
  • At the Kruger, go through the Sabi Sand site, the Mopani road or on the Orpen side, to have a chance to cross the big 5.
  • Gild the pill on the beach of Saint Lucia and then head to the Isimangaliso Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage National Park to watch the hippos on a cruise.
  • Visit the center HOEC (Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center) or the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and find out what rangers are doing to protect endangered species.
  • Meet Jessica and Richie, two domesticated hippos, Elizabeth will show you how to feed Jessica safely, hippos can be very dangerous! An experience you will remember for the rest of your life ($30 CAD/adult)
  • Take the scenic drive along the Blyde River Canyon stopping at various tourist attractions, breathtaking views and sublime landscapes await you: 3 rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Berlin falls, God’s window (allow 1 to 3 $CAD each/adult or child over 6 years old – open from 7am to 5pm). We suggest that you take the road from north to south to have less people on your visits.
  • Sleep in the Kruger Park or one of the many parks, to feel even more immersed in the atmosphere.
  • Hiking in the Drakensberg mountains, known for their exceptional beauty.
  • Meet the rhinos and other wild animals that make up the Big 5 at Hluhluwe Imfolozi or Mkuze parks.
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Eswatini

Join the East coast of the ADS by crossing the kingdom of Eswatini. Please be aware that if you drive through this area, additional charges will be applied when you rent your car.

The Eswatini is known for its nature reserves and will allow you to meet the Swazi people and learn more about their culture.

Enjoy various activities such as hiking, safaris, mountain biking or horseback riding. Many others are proposed of course.

The country is considered safe in general, however, it is on increased vigilance, as acts of stolen cars or assaults have been deplored: respect the safety instructions at all times!

Examples of activities or points of interest to visit
  • Meet the Swazis and immerse yourself in their culture.
  • Visit Mlilwane and Mbuluzi Natural Parks on an organized safari.
  • Visit the King Shobuza II Memorial Park to learn more about the history of the kingdom.
  • Go trekking or participate in an accrobranche activity, with Malolotja Canopy Tour for a great experience.
  • Going down the Maputo River in a rapid.
  • Admire a panoramic view from the top of Sibebe Rock.
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Johannesburg, the city of gold

Johannesburg, or Joburg, is the most populous metropolis in South Africa.

The city has a high level of crime, but the efforts put into the development of the city in the early 2000s have reduced this rate.

Some neighbourhoods are still to be avoided, however the city offers safe tourist attractions.

We suggest, if you go there, to have a local guide to visit the city and use the red CitySighteeing buses to take the pulse and discover it.

Some neighbourhoods/safe places where you can walk around without any problem:

  • Melrose arch
  • Sandton
  • 44 Stanley Avenue
  • Look for the shopping areas, where the beautiful shops are located you will not be mistaken.
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Examples of activities or points of interest to visit
  • Explore the city with the red City Sightseeing Buses and make a stop at the renowned Apartheid Historical and Marquee Museum.
  • Take a pulse in the former Constitution Hill prison where Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Luthuli and countless other men and women were locked up.
  • With a guide, go to Soweto and visit the House of Nelson Mandela.
  • Relax at 44 Stanley, a small neighbourhood with cafes, restaurants and some shops.
  • Taste food or sniff around in the markets, at Neightbourgoods Market on Saturday or Market on Main on Sunday morning in Maboneng.
  • Shopping in a mall or eating stress-free? The best can be found at Melrose Arch, Rosebank, Sandton city and Norwood Mall.
  • For brunch, admire the view from the terrace of the Flames of the four season hotel.
  • At 2 hours drive, go in search of the Big Five in the Pilanesberg reserve.
  • 30 km from Pretoria, find the Hennops hiking trails and finish with a braai to regain your strength or a jump in the pool.
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Guide to South Africa: National Parks

Interested in the Krüger? I want you to know he’s not the only one. You will find the list of the different national parks on the SanParks website as well as ALL the activities offered in South Africa (hiking, safaris, golf, canyoning, fishing, etc) and ALL the accommodation available within the parks.

For each of the parks, an entrance fee is to be paid. You will therefore have to evaluate the interest or not to buy the WildCard, as well as the number of people you are and the number of days you plan to enter the Kruger Park for example. The pass can be purchased online or directly at one of the Conservation Centre’s ticket offices.

A quick word about Game Reserve

We’re looking everywhere, giving our eyes a hard time. Hours and hours of driving to see, sometimes, no animal in 1h-1h30. Sometimes you get rewarded at a turning point. You will observe peaceful scenes of hunting, confrontations, naps, mating and touching, in the middle of green landscapes, plains, open or dense forests, crossed in places by rivers. A real pleasure for the eyes to discover all this.

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Our advice

  • Calculate carefully the number of days you plan to spend there, plus the other national parks to see if it is worth taking the Wild Card.
  • Drive slowly, 20km/h in places up to 50km/h on roads. You’ll see better if you take it slow.
  • Leave with an itinerary and know how long it will take you to get out of the park.
  • Check out the maps at the camp entrances; don’t try to do all the roads but focus on the places where animals were seen by others.
  • Track where buffalo were seen, they’re an easy prey for the lion; track footprints on dirt roads.
  • Talk to the people you pass by to see what they saw (we were told about the lion this way).
  • Start early, around 5:00 to 6:00 to give you a better chance.
  • Watch out for large areas of water if it is very hot (if it rains, the animals will still be there, as leopards prefer to stand high up so as not to be in the mud).
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The least pleasant part is the driver’s, because he can’t look around as much.

Watch your speed, the fines are steep. It is not uncommon for an animal to want to cross without being seen, so respect the limitations as much as possible.

Go to the camps to see their viewpoint or their museum such as the Letaba Elephant Museum. You can eat in their restaurant but don’t expect great food or exceptional service. Some places are also available for picnics: do your shopping before entering the park.

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To taste

South Africa also lives by its flavours and culinary specialities.

Participate in a Braai, the traditional wood-fired BBQ inherited from the Afrikaners with beautiful pieces of ostrich, antelope, or even through crocodile, you won’t be disappointed! The quality here is exceptional, these throughndes melt in the mouth and are very tasty with a nice sauce! The objective, to bring the world together for a moment of convithroughexceptionality.

Several lodges also offer Braai formulas, animated evenings and convithroughthem that gather the guests around a campfire.

Don’t miss the Amarula, the local alcohol that is drunk like whey, so excellent! Try it also in your coffee shop (at the end of the week of course 😉 )

Some recommendations

  • The Silo in Cape Town
  • The Foodbarn, in Kommetjie, Cape Town.
  • Carne (Keerom or Kloof), Cape Town
  • The Restaurant Chefs Warehouse, House,
  • Vaga Smokehouse Restaurant, Spier Wine Farm
  • Flames Restaurant at the Four Seasons, Johannesburg
  • The Lightgouse Cafe, Simon’s Town
  • Cape to Cuba, Kalk Bay
  • Pioneer’s Grill in Hazyview.
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To try

  • Take an internal flight to get close to the Kruger Park.
  • Enjoy an experience in a private lodge or a private safari to benefit from the knowledge of a ranger.
  • Meet sharks if your heart is strong.
  • Take a hike in Eswatini
  • Do a treetop adventure course
  • Paragliding in Hermanus
  • Bungee jumping in Soweto from the Orland Towers or the world’s highest bridge on the Garden Route.
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What to do as a family

  • Observe with binoculars the animals with your family during your safaris. Private lodges even organize activities for children to introduce them to African fauna and flora.
  • Tandem cycling in Cape Town
  • Take a boat trip in the evening to discover Cape Town in a different way.
  • Exploring a cave
  • Visit an ostrich farm
  • Diving on the seabed
  • Climbing trees for an adventure
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On the spot

Getting there

Several flights are now available to Cape Town or Johannesburg. Aeroplan Miles can take you there with a stopover in Zurich, allowing you to discover this city!

Airport to centercity

Check with your hotel to see if a shuttle service is available.

Feel free to drop by the lounge Bidvest Sky Lounge, accessible to Priority Pass and LoungeKey members during your visit!

If you decide to rent a car and wish to go to your hotel, you should prefer to drive during the day as a general rule and follow the safety instructions.

We suggest that you take a hotel close to the airport for late arrivals to avoid stress.

Another idea, take the services of a driver who will guide you throughout your stay.

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Housing

It all depends on where you want to stay and your budget! Within the parks, if you are willing to pay the price, do not suggest you look at the availability on the SanParks website. Expect prices that can be extravagant.

Preferring to optimize our spending, we opted for the hotels of the Marriott chain, and were not disappointed since several of them had overnight stays between 5,000 and 25,000 points! A godsend when you know what a house can cost in dollars!

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Marriott Bonvoy member hotels

There are more than 100 hotels in South Africa that are members of the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program .

During our 3-week trip, we had chosen to stay with several of them. Find here the list of all our complete reports:

If you want to earn Marriott Bonvoy points, the easiest way is to sign up for the American ExpressMD Marriott BonvoyTM Card and/or the American ExpressMD Marriott BonvoyTM Corporate Card, of which these are the current offerings:

You can easily get both cards, enough to earn over 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

And if you’re a couple, we’re talking about 240,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, enough to fully cover the cost of hotel nights in South Africa.

Airbnb

We rented several houses on Airbnb during our trip to South Africa. To do this, you could use one of these credit cards whose points are applied to Airbnb bookings:

Three credit cards with no conversion fee

Don’t forget to carry a card credit card with no conversion fee for your foreign currency transactions! That’s 2.5% savings on every transaction!

Here are the top 3 card s with no conversion fees in Canada, ideal for travelers:

Getting around

The roads in South Africa surprised us so much because they were so beautiful and well maintained. So there’s nothing to worry about. The indications are clear.

Avoid driving at night, however, as the cities and surrounding areas are not lit. Driving on the left side of the road takes some getting used to, but within a few days or hours, you’ll quickly get the hang of it.

It is not uncommon to see some tourists make a mistake, so stay alert.

Keep your doors closed whether you’re in the city or the country, a measure that will make you feel safe.

If your GPS shows you a faster route, check where it takes you so you don’t end up in an unsafe place (like us) and stay on the busier streets.

City passes

Passes are available to get discounts on your visits. You can get information and buy them on the spot at the tourist office for example or in advance on the internet in order to get more discounts.

The site iVenture offers different packages, as well as the buses City Sightseeing or as mentioned above the NMB pass or Nelson Mandela Bay pass.

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South Africa's indispensable Guides to South Africa

The Ulysses guides offers you different guides to help you prepare your trip and understand the South Africa.

At the tip of the black continent, South Africa is attracting more and more visitors. Cape Town (Cape Town), with Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope, and the entire Western Cape, with its wine regions (Stellenbosch, Franschhoek), hostels and beaches, on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, are among South Africa’s most popular destinations.

The twin cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria also have their share of attractions.

And what about photo safaris in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve or in the Kruger National Park, the most popular in the country.

In this section you will find an incomparable choice of guides and maps to help you prepare your trip to South Africa.

Whether you’re planning to explore South Africa’s major cities, beaches, national parks or vineyards, you’ll find everything you need to make the most of your stay here.

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I suggest you to have a look at the Cape Town Tourism or the General site for South Africa before your future visit! You will find important information, dates of future festivals for example or ideas for outings. These are the sites to follow!

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Guide to South Africa: Practical Information

Grocery stores

You will find everything you need in the Woolworths, Spar, Pick&Pay or Checkers open all day from 8am to 8pm in general. Most of them accept American Express, so you can earn 5 points per dollar with the American Express CobaltTM Card.

Note that power cuts can occur and can therefore interrupt the cold chain for experience. Sometimes it is better to rely on canned or unrefrigerated foods to be safe when these interventions occur several times a day and over long periods of time.

When to go

The climate fluctuates greatly depending on the region, however the recommended period is still the spring season.

For example, we had a lot of rain towards Kruger and wind in Cape Town in December.

What to take with you

  • A mini-torch will be able to help you in case of power cuts.
  • Caps, sunscreen are still essential, but think about mosquito repellent!
  • Insects are mostly present at the end of the day, so wear long, loose-fitting clothes at this time, especially since the evenings can be cool.
  • Binoculars can be used to better observe the animals.
  • If you go on safari, it is best to wear light colours.
  • Finally, brimg your Ulysses guide in your suitcases!

Budget

Taking a trip to South Africa can quickly become very expensive as thousands of dollars! That’s why passes like the wild card and many other passes can save you money. There are ways to be careful, it’s up to you to define your travel desires:

  • It is impossible to do all the proposed attractions as the list is so large. Choices have to be made. It’s up to you to decide, according to your budget, whether you want to treat yourself or make the more affordable ones. This can range from a few dollars to several hundred!
  • For food, again, there’s food for EVERY budget. Don’t forget to do some shopping before returning to a reserve in order to limit expenses on site, especially if you are with children. Picnics are possible too. There are many restaurants to try. Count an average of $30 for a restaurant meal per person.
  • If you wish to visit a vineyard, some wine tastings can start at $10. Reservations are also to be made before arriving at the risk of being turned away. Plan!
  • Finally, staying at Marriott Hotels will save you a lot of money on your total stay, and even more if you have a status. Again, it’s up to you if you prefer to stay in a hotel, on AirBnb, or do a home exchange. Many solutions are available to you!

Visa and Canadian Representation Tourist Offices

No visa is required to enter South Africa, if the journey does not exceed 90 consecutive days, a valid passport is sufficient. The same applies to French nationals.

Children’s birth certificates

Previously, parents traveling with their children were asked to present their birth certificates. Now it’s been a thing of the past for a few months! Only a valid passport is required.

Your Health in South Africa

An antimalarial treatment, necessary?

Depending on the areas you visit, it is indeed advisable to take medication to prevent malaria. The choice is personal and should be made with a health professional from a vaccination center and not based on the opinions of others, on a forum or with your colleagues. Make an appointment! However, you should be aware that antimalarial treatments are available locally.

In addition, carry a medicine kit with you so that you have what you need. Your pharmacist can help you put it together before you leave.

Your safety in South Africa

This is a common topic when talking about South Africa, as crime is known to be common there.

The country has put in place effective preventive measures to secure areas and thus ensure the safety of travellers. However, outside these areas, great care is needed.

It is possible to travel safely in this country as long as you follow these rules to the letter at all times, from the moment you enter the country to the moment you leave.

We recommend that you discover this article reminding you of the safety rules when travelling.

Consult the Canadian government’s recommendations before leaving at this link.

Consular services are available on site, here are the useful numbers and addresses at this link.

  • Do not wear any jewellery or personal effects of value anything so as not to attract attention. Agents regularly circulate at tourist places to encourage travellers to be careful. Ask them for help if you need it.
  • Lock your car doors at all times. It is sometimes difficult to assess whether you are in a secure area or not. Is the area free of tourists? We don’t take chances and we don’t stop!
  • Do not get out of the car, whether the landscape is beautiful or not, even in the middle of an area where no one seems to be around.
  • Provide a spare wallet with some expired card s (tip from a milesopedian), some small bills and card s from an inactive hotel room to give if you are to be robbed.
  • Watch out for monkeys. Very smart and fast, they will steal food and goods right out of your car!
  • Never hitchhike a stranger to the side of the road.
  • Know the address of the Canadian embassy or local police when you decide on your itinerary.

Guide to South Africa: Itinerary Ideas

It all depends on whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or with your family of course, or on the hobbies you enjoy. However, here are a few suggestions to simplify the preparation of your trip:

South Africa in 7 days

1 - Kruger Objective

Days Activities
1 Arrival in Johannesburg 10am – visit the apartheid museum, constitution hall – city bus sightseeing’s during the day
2 Early departure for God’s Window Road
3-6 Kruger Park over 2 days + private reserve over 1 day
7 Drive to the airport with a visit to the Sudwala Cave then flight in the evening.

2 - Objective Cape Town

Days Activities
1 Arrival Johannesburg 10am – visit the apartheid museum day, constitution hall – city bus sightseeing’s (3-4H) then departure for cape Town
2-5 Visit waterfront V&A, 3 days pass with Red Bus to visit botanical garden, museum, aquarium, boat trip, cable car or visit Constantia vineyard.
6 Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope with Simon’s Town – evening flight to Johannesburg
7 Rest or stroll in one of the districts of Johannesburg then flight.

South Africa in 14 days

Days Activities
1 Arrival in Johannesburg 10am – visit during the day the Apartheid and Constitution Hill museums and then take the city sightseeing’s bus
2 Early departure for the road to God’s Window
3-6 Kruger Park over 2 days + private reserve over 1 day
7 Drive to the airport with a visit to the Sudwala Cave then flight in the evening to Cape Town.
8-11 Visit the Waterfront V&A, with the 3-day pass of the Red Buses to visit the botanical garden, the museums, the aquarium, take a boat trip, take the cable car or visit the vineyards of Constantia.
12 Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope with Simon’s Town – evening flight to Johannesburg
13 Visit the city of Pretoria or visit the Pilanesberg National Park at 2 hours drive.
14 Flight home

South Africa in 21 days

1/ With the vineyards

Days Activities
1 Arrival in Johannesburg 10am – visit during the day the Apartheid Museums of Constitution hill – then walk around the city with the city sightseeing’s bus
2 Early departure for the road to God’s Window
3-6 Kruger Park over 2 days + private reserve over 1 day
7 Drive to the airport with a visit to the Sudwala Cave then flight in the evening to Cape Town.
8-11 Visit the Waterfront V&A, with the 3-day pass of the Red Buses to visit the botanical garden, the museums, the aquarium, take a boat trip, take the cable car or visit the Constantia vineyards.
12 Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope with Simon’s Town then take an evening flight to Johannesburg.
13 Visit Pretoria or visit the Pilanesberg National Park at 2 hours drive.
14-15 Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Vineyards
16-20 Garden route to Port Elizabeth then take a flight to JNB.
21 Return flight

2/ Option without vineyards / Durban

Days Activities
1-8 Same itinerary as the previous suggestion, then take the road through Eswatini.
9-12 Travel along the East Coast to the city of Durban and then take a flight to Port Elizabeth.
13-16 Make the Garden Route
17-19 Visit Cape Town with 2 days on the city and 1 day in Cape Point / Simon’s Town
20 Fly to JNB
21 Flight home

3/ Option without the Kruger

Days Activities
1-4 National Park north of JNB then flight to Cape Town
5-8 Visit of Cape Town
9 Visit to Cape Point
10-11 Cape Town Vineyards
12-15 Take the Garden Route then fly from Port Elizabeth to Durban.
16-20 Visit Durban and the East Coast with its national parks then take an evening flight to JNB.
21 Flight home

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