8 days in Pretoria, Kruger National Park & Mpumalanga Itinerary

8 days in Pretoria, Kruger National Park & Mpumalanga Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg
Train:  45 min
1
Pretoria
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
2
Kruger National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Graskop
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
White River
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg

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nights
Pretoria

Pretoria ©
A hub of research and education, Pretoria remains a quiet city filled with significant historic buildings and fascinating museums.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Africa and Lesedi Cultural Village. Get out of town with these interesting Pretoria side-trips: Johannesburg (SAB World of Beer & Lindfield Victorian House Museum) and Liliesleaf (in Rivonia). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sammy Marks House, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monte casino bird park, and see the interesting displays at Kruger House Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pretoria day trip planner.

Johannesburg to Pretoria is an approximately 1- hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Pretoria, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Pretoria

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Johannesburg, Lesedi Cultural Village, Liliesleaf, Monte casino bird park
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Horseback Africa ©
Horseback Africa
Lesedi Cultural Village ©
Lesedi Cultural Village
SAB World of Beer ©
SAB World of Beer

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nights
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 (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lonely Bull Trail, then hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and then stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Masorini Archaeological Site and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kruger National Park day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Pretoria to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Graskop.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail ©
Wolhuter Wilderness Trail
Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Mary Shire Falls, then admire the sheer force of Lone Creek Falls, and then take in the pleasant sights at Graskop Gorge Lift Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Bourkes' Luck Potholes, look for gifts at Delgoa Arts & Crafts, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wonder View, then admire all the interesting features of Panorama Route, and finally admire the sheer force of Lisbon Falls.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Graskop road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kruger National Park to Graskop takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Graskop can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to White River.

Things to do in Graskop

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Sabie, Bourkes' Luck Potholes
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Panorama Route ©
Panorama Route
Lisbon Falls ©
Lisbon Falls
Graskop Gorge Lift Company ©
Graskop Gorge Lift Company

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night
White River

White River ©
White River is a small holiday and farming town situated just north of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, South Africa. On the 15th (Fri), look for gifts at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre and then explore the striking landscape of South African National Parks.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the White River trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Graskop to White River by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in White River

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre ©
Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre

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