24 days in Uruguay & South Africa Itinerary

24 days in Uruguay & South Africa Itinerary

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Start: Paris, France
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
3
Maldonado, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
5
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
6
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Train:  4 h 45 min
7
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Paris, France

2
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, and get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip site.

Paris, France to Montevideo is an approximately 19- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Paris to Montevideo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in October, you will find days in Montevideo are somewhat warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

2
nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, then take a stroll through Barrio Historico, then don't miss a visit to Porton de Campo, and finally explore the activities along Rio de la Plata. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, stop by Plaza Mayor, then take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, and finally explore the ancient world of Bastion de San Miguel.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Maldonado.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Puerta de la Ciudadela ©
Puerta de la Ciudadela
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse

3
nights
Maldonado, Uruguay

Maldonado ©
One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
Step out of Maldonado with an excursion to Cerro San Antonio in Piriapolis--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, see the interesting displays at Museo del Mar, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Lobos, and snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Maldonado trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Colonia del Sacramento to Maldonado takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in November, you will find days in Maldonado are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Maldonado

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Punta del Este, Cerro San Antonio
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Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
The Fingers of Punta del Este ©
The Fingers of Punta del Este
Puerto de Punta del Este ©
Puerto de Punta del Este

4
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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, stroll through Platteklip Gorge, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and see the interesting displays at District Six Museum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Maldonado to Cape Town. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Maldonado to Cape Town. Traveling from Maldonado in November, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

3
nights
Hoedspruit, South Africa

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Step out of Hoedspruit with an excursion to Elephant Whispers in Hazyview--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, take in the exciting artwork at iNyoka Art Gallery, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hoedspruit travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Hoedspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in November: highs in Hoedspruit hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Elephant Whispers
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Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

4
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

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.
Spend the 15th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, stroll through Lonely Bull Trail, make a trip to Tshokwane Picnic Site, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

3
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, then contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at I was shot in Joburg, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and then try your luck at Montecasino.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. November in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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