30 days in South Africa & Cancun Itinerary

30 days in South Africa & Cancun Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 9 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Bring the kids along to Apartheid Museum and Johannesburg Zoo. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom) and National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (in Pretoria). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, find something for the whole family at Acrobranch Melrose, browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monte casino bird park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Johannesburg is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Johannesburg is 5 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Johannesburg, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks · Theme Parks

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Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 5 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Perry's Bridge Reptile Park and Spas. Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery, Hans Merensky Golf Course, &more) and The Elephant Sanctuary (in Hazyview). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, and tee off at Drakensig Golf Club.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hoedspruit trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

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Cape Town, South Africa

— 9 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Visit Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Llandudno Beach for some beach relaxation. Family-friendly places like Cape Point and Clifton Beaches will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at Abseil Africa, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Hoedspruit to Cape Town by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hoedspruit in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Cancun, Mexico

— 8 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Get in touch with nature at Akumal Beach and La Isla Shopping Village. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Norte and Playa Delfines. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Isla Mujeres (Isla Brewing Company & Capilla de Guadalupe), Riviera Maya Golf Club (in Akumal) and Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Tattooarte, tee off at Moon Palace Golf Course, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Croco Cun Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cancun itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Cancun takes 22.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in December, Cancun is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.