30 days in South Africa & Cancun Itinerary

30 days in South Africa & Cancun Itinerary

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

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Lion and Safari Park and Greenstone Mall. Bring the kids along to Apartheid Museum and Monte casino bird park. Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in Pretoria--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, get to know the resident critters at Johannesburg Zoo, find something for the whole family at Acrobranch Melrose, and stop by Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip maker.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Johannesburg is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Casinos · Parks

Side Trips

Sandton, National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, Lion and Safari Park, Emperors Palace, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Acrobranch Melrose ©
Acrobranch Melrose

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Hoedspruit, South Africa

Hoedspruit ©
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 3 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 travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Phalaborwa, Hazyview, Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park
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Perry's Bridge Reptile Park ©
Perry's Bridge Reptile Park
The Elephant Sanctuary ©
The Elephant Sanctuary

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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
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 Camp's Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Family-friendly places like Cape Point and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, stroll through Llandudno Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Hoedspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in December: highs in Cape Town hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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Cancun, Mexico

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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Norte. We've included these beaches for you: Akumal Beach and Playa Tortugas. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Playa del Carmen), Isla Mujeres (Isla Brewing Company & Guadalupe Chapel) and Riviera Maya Golf Club (in Akumal). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, stop by Tattooarte, contemplate the long history of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Cancun trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Cancun in 23 hours. Traveling from Cape Town to Cancun, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Croco Cun Zoo
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

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