5 days in Mpumalanga, Phalaborwa & Kruger National Park Itinerary

5 days in Mpumalanga, Phalaborwa & Kruger National Park Itinerary

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5 days in Mpumalanga, Phalaborwa & Kruger National Park Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  3 h
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Nelspruit
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Graskop
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Phalaborwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Kruger National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg

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Nelspruit

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
On the 7th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary and then admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, then Head underground at Sudwala Caves, then take in the dramatic scenery at Montrose Falls, and finally look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg to Nelspruit is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Graskop.

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Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Lowveld National Botanical Garden

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Graskop

Graskop ©
Developed as a campsite for gold miners, Graskop has been transformed into a gateway point for exploring the area's many natural attractions.
On the 9th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at God's Window, take a memorable drive along Panorama Route, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, and finally stop by Delgoa Arts & Crafts.

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You can drive from Nelspruit to Graskop in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Graskop, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Phalaborwa.

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God's Window, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
Bourkes' Luck Potholes ©
Bourkes' Luck Potholes
God's Window ©
God's Window

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Phalaborwa

Phalaborwa ©
Phalaborwa is a town situated in the Mopani District Municipality, Limpopo province, South Africa. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Qualito Craft Distillery, then play a few rounds at Hans Merensky Golf Estate, then do a tasting at Amarula Lapa, and finally play a few rounds at Hans Merensky Golf Course.

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Drive from Graskop to Phalaborwa in 2.5 hours. December in Phalaborwa sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Phalaborwa

Outdoors Golf Breweries & Distilleries
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Qualito Craft Distillery ©
Qualito Craft Distillery
Amarula Lapa ©
Amarula Lapa

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Phalaborwa to Kruger National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

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