12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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12 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
+2
bus + train + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Durban
— 2 nights
2
Cape Town
— 5 nights
3
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Abu Dhabi

2
nights
Durban

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 14th (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World and then admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Willard Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Durban trip site .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Durban is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Durban due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, expect Durban to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Willard Beach
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uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Shark Diving
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Two Oceans Aquarium. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Cape Point, explore and take pictures at Chapman's Peak Drive, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Durban to Cape Town in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in December, expect Cape Town to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

4
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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, wildlife, theme parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip maker tool .

You can fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trip

Sandton
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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