18 days in Sao Paulo, Johannesburg & Cape Town Itinerary

18 days in Sao Paulo, Johannesburg & Cape Town Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brasilia, Brazil
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  14 h 15 min
2
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Cape Town, South Africa
— 9 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Brasilia, Brazil

1
night
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 22nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo and then take a stroll through Paulista Avenue.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip planner.

Brasilia to Sao Paulo is an approximately 4- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Brasilia in August, you will find days in Sao Paulo are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo ©
Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo

5
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Head to Bag Factory Artist Studios and Mpho Art & Design Housefor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Hector Pieterson Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Lesedi Cultural Village (in Lanseria). Spend the 27th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, and take an in-depth tour of Liliesleaf.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in August, Johannesburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Ukutula Conservation Center, Lesedi Cultural Village, Liliesleaf
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Safaris
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Lesedi Cultural Village ©
Lesedi Cultural Village

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nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Let the collections at !Khwa ttu and West Coast Fossil Park capture your imagination. Head to The Old Biscuit Mill and Watershedfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Stellenbosch (Waterford Estate & Dorp Street), Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum, Franschhoek Pass, &more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Platteklip Gorge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Voelklip Beach, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Stony Point Penguin Colony ©
Stony Point Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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