18 days in South Africa & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

18 days in South Africa & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Sun City, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Montecasino, try out the rides at Gold Reef City, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip itinerary planning site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in April: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 28°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sun City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, Emperors Palace
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

4
nights
Sun City, South Africa

Sun City ©
Sun City is a luxury resort and casino, situated in the North West Province of South Africa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sun City: Adventures with Elephants (in Bela Bela) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Pilanesberg National Park. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Tue) at Valley of Waves. It doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at The Maze of the Lost City.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sun City road trip website .

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Sun City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Sun City can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mbabane.

Things to do in Sun City

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ukutula Conservation Center, Adventures with Elephants
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Adventures with Elephants ©
Adventures with Elephants
Pilanesberg National Park ©
Pilanesberg National Park
Valley of Waves ©
Valley of Waves

2
nights
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Mbabane ©
Although attractions in Mbabane itself remain scarce, this capital of the Kingdom of Swaziland provides a picturesque setting, pleasant weather, and plenty of amenities for tourists exploring the nation's mountains, forests, and valleys.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mantenga Nature Reserve, then view the masterpieces at Yebo Art Gallery, and then contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try your luck at Happy Valley Casino and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nyonyane Mountain.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mbabane driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Sun City to Mbabane takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In April in Mbabane, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Mbabane

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Manzini, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Yebo Art Gallery
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Nyonyane Mountain ©
Nyonyane Mountain
Happy Valley Casino ©
Happy Valley Casino
Mantenga Cultural Village ©
Mantenga Cultural Village

5
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 25th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Mbabane to Kruger National Park in 7 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

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

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