12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  28 h
1
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Cape Town

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town attractions planner.

San Francisco, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Cape Town. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: highs in Cape Town hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

4
nights
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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Voortrekker Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Sandton, Voortrekker Monument
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct

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