30 days in South Africa & Cancun Itinerary

30 days in South Africa & Cancun Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
2
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 5 nights
3
Cape Town, South Africa
— 9 nights
4
Cancun, Mexico
— 8 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Lion and Safari Park and Greenstone Mall. Bring the kids along to Apartheid Museum and National Zoological Gardens of South Africa. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, get in on the family fun at Acrobranch Melrose, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Johannesburg Zoo, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monte casino bird park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg online visit planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Johannesburg is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Johannesburg. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Parks

Side Trips

Sandton, Greenstone Mall, 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

5
nights
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 The Elephant Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Hans Merensky Golf Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Hans Merensky Golf Estate). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, play a few rounds at Drakensig Golf Club, and look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip itinerary planning app.

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 °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Parks 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

9
nights
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 Llandudno Beach for some beach relaxation. Family-friendly places like Cape Point and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hoedspruit in December: highs in Cape Town hover around °C, while lows dip to °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

8
nights
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 Akumal Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Norte and Playa Delfines. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Playa del Carmen), Croco Cun Zoo (in Puerto Morelos) and Isla Mujeres (Isla Brewing Company & Guadalupe Chapel). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, look for gifts at Tattooarte, tee off at Riviera Maya Golf Club, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

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 23 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 °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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