5 days in South Africa Itinerary

5 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 3 nights
— 1 night


Cape Town

— 3 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Attractions like Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, and steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cape Town online driving holiday planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Cape Town. December in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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— 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Sun), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nelspruit vacation site.

Getting from Cape Town to Nelspruit by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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South Africa travel guide

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.

Mpumalanga travel guide

National Parks · Nature & Parks · Geologic Formations
Hike through the world's third-highest canyon, and the only green one in the world; explore the world's oldest cave; and witness the diverse wildlife in the many reserves of Mpumalanga. This "place where the sun rises," as the name means in local tongues, features stunning mountain scenery, lush valleys, and charming towns with refreshingly cool weather. Mpumalanga's attractions draw crowds of visitors from far and wide: follow the trails of the 19th-century gold rush in old gold-seeker's towns, rappel down a waterfall, or just take a dip in the pools below after a hike through the rainforests.