9 days in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Durban Itinerary

9 days in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Durban Itinerary

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9 days in Johannesburg, Cape Town & Durban Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  27​h
1
Johannesburg
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cape Town
— 3 nights
3
Durban
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: San Francisco

1
day
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.
On the 7th (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then steep yourself in history at South Western Townships.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip maker app .

San Francisco, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 10 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
South Western Townships ©
South Western Townships

3
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
For shopping fun, head to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront or Old Biscuit Mill. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Maclear's Beacon. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Boschendal Wine Estate in Groot Drakenstein--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Robben Island, examine the collection at District Six Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman V&A WaterFront, and stroll through Boulders Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online visit planner .

Getting from Johannesburg to Cape Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

2
nights
Durban

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On the 11th (Tue), kick back and relax at Golden Mile and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, then stroll through Umhlanga Main Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Moses Mabhida Stadium.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Durban online tour planner .

You can fly from Cape Town to Durban in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: high temperatures in Durban hover around 77°F and lows are around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Umhlanga Main Beach
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Shark Diving
Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Golden Mile ©
Golden Mile

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