17 days in Johannesburg, Kruger National Park & Cape Town Itinerary

17 days in Johannesburg, Kruger National Park & Cape Town Itinerary

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Start: Patong, Phuket
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  19 h 15 min
1
Johannesburg
— 6 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
2
Kruger National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Cape Town
— 5 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Patong, Phuket

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ukutula Conservation Center and Climbing Tours. Visit Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Boer War Blockhouse for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (in Brits), Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary (in Hartbeespoort) and Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, &more). Spend the 16th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, have fun at RollEgoli, Head underground at Sterkfontein Cave, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Johannesburg road trip tool.

Patong, Thailand to Johannesburg is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. While traveling from Patong, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pretoria, Brits, Krugersdorp, RollEgoli, Sterkfontein Cave
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Horseback Africa ©
Horseback Africa
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre ©
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

4
nights
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bourkes' Luck Potholes and Three Roundavels. Visiting Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kruger National Park: Hoedspruit (Kumbaya Home Decor, Safaris, &more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park online travel planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kruger National Park, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hoedspruit, Three Roundavels, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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 discover tucked-away gems like Chapman's Peak Drive and Platteklip Gorge. You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Bloubergstrand Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Grotto Beach (in Hermanus) and Dorp Street (in Stellenbosch). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, trek along Helderberg Nature Reserve, take in the pleasant sights at Maclear's Beacon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George's Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. When traveling from Kruger National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Grotto Beach, Dorp Street
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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