31 days in Walvis Bay, South Africa & Cancun Itinerary

31 days in Walvis Bay, South Africa & Cancun Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Walvis Bay, Namibia
— 2 nights
2
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
3
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
4
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
5
Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
6
Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights

2
nights
Walvis Bay, Namibia

A pleasant port city, Walvis Bay offers tourists a variety of urban entertainment options that complement its many natural attractions.
On the 8th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Dune 7.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Walvis Bay trip itinerary maker.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Walvis Bay is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Walvis Bay due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, things will get a bit cooler in Walvis Bay: highs are around 27°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dune 7 ©
Dune 7

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Kids will enjoy Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, head outdoors with Greenstone Mall, explore the galleries of I was shot in Joburg, and try to win big at Montecasino.

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You can fly from Walvis Bay to Johannesburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Walvis Bay in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, Greenstone Mall, Montecasino
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

4
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 enjoy Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Hoedspruit side-trips: Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Nkumbe View Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Kumbaya Home Decor, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and stroll through Tshukudu Game Lodge.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hoedspruit can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

4
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Kids will enjoy Perry's Bridge Reptile Park and The Elephant Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Nelspruit side-trips: Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview), Safaris (in Kruger National Park) and Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Africa Joy, Head underground at Sudwala Caves, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Nelspruit trip tool.

You can drive from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Africa Joy
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Safaris
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers

8
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Attractions like Cape Point and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, visit Bo-kaap, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 29:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Norte. We've included these beaches for you: Akumal Beach and Playa Delfines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Isla Brewing Company (in Isla Mujeres), Croco Cun Zoo (in Puerto Morelos) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Playa del Carmen). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, meet the residents at Interactive Aquarium, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Tattooarte.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cancun trip maker app.

You can fly from Cape Town to Cancun in 23 hours. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, Cancun is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Croco Cun Zoo, Akumal Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

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