12 days in South Africa Itinerary

12 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Start: Abu Dhabi
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): laugh and play at uShaka Marine World and then admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Willard Beach and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Durban sightseeing planning site.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Durban is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in December: high temperatures in Durban hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Bring the kids along to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Durban to Cape Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durban in December: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 30°C and lows are around 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
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, stop by Maboneng Precinct, and look for gifts at Finders Keepers Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg road trip website.

Getting from Cape Town to Johannesburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Sandton
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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