24 days in Uruguay & South Africa Itinerary

24 days in Uruguay & South Africa Itinerary

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24 days in Uruguay & South Africa Itinerary

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
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Maldonado, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
+2
bus + 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
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Paris, France


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2
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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, museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, wander the streets of Pocitos, admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, and admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Montevideo itinerary builder tool .

Paris, France to Montevideo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Paris to Montevideo, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Paris in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Montevideo: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. 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.
On the 1st (Fri), enjoy the sea views from 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, then wander the streets of Plaza Mayor, then take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, and finally steep yourself in history at Bastion de San Miguel.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Colonia del Sacramento sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Colonia del Sacramento are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Maldonado.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

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.
When in Maldonado, make a side trip to see Cerro San Antonio in Piriapolis, approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, step off the mainland to explore Isla de Lobos, see the interesting displays at Museo del Mar, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador Punta Ballena.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Maldonado trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Colonia del Sacramento to Maldonado takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Maldonado: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time 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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town online journey builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Maldonado to Cape Town. Traveling from Maldonado to Cape Town, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. 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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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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 to go to Hazyview and see Elephant Whispers, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, explore the galleries of iNyoka Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Kumbaya Home Decor.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit trip planner .

You can fly from Cape Town to Hoedspruit in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in November, expect nights in Hoedspruit to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°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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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

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, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Idube Game Reserve, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park holiday maker website .

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

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill, then contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and finally stop by James Findlay - Collectable Books & Maps. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at I was shot in Joburg, then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and then try your luck at Montecasino.

To find out how to plan a trip to Johannesburg, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 20th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Montecasino
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Montecasino ©
Montecasino

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