29 days in Cape Town & Johannesburg Itinerary

29 days in Cape Town & Johannesburg Itinerary

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29 days in Cape Town & Johannesburg Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
1
Cape Town
— 23 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Johannesburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Rio de Janeiro

23
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Relax by the water at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Robben Island Museum and Bo-kaap. Venture out of the city with trips to Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum, Franschhoek Motor Museum, & more), Stellenbosch (The Stellenbosch Village Museum, Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden, & more) and Shark Diving (in Gansbaai). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Greenmarket Square, hike along Platteklip Gorge, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online route planner .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Cape Town International Airport. January in Cape Town sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Hermanus, Shark Diving, Porcupine Ceramics
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Apartheid Museum and Everard Read Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill and Union Buildings. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Kim Sacks Gallery, try to win big at Montecasino, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and stop by Amatuli Artefacts.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Sandton, Union Buildings, Emperors Palace
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©

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