31 days in Walvis Bay, South Africa & Cancun Itinerary

31 days in Walvis Bay, South Africa & Cancun Itinerary

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Walvis Bay, Namibia
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Nelspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
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Walvis Bay, Namibia

— 2 nights
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 fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Walvis Bay

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Apartheid Museum and Safaris. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, try to win big at Montecasino, buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Eastgate, and find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg tour site.

Fly from Walvis Bay to Johannesburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Walvis Bay to Johannesburg is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Walvis Bay in December: highs in Johannesburg hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 4 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 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). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Kumbaya Home Decor, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tshukudu Game Lodge.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hoedspruit day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Nelspruit, South Africa

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Lowveld

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: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve), Safaris (in Kruger National Park) and Elephant Whispers (in Hazyview). 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 fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Cape Town, South Africa

— 8 nights

Mother City

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 Noordhoek Beach. Attractions like Cape Point and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, kick back and relax at Llandudno Beach, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Cancun, Mexico

— 6 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. We've included these beaches for you: Akumal Beach and Playa Delfines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Croco Cun Zoo (in Puerto Morelos) and Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Isla Brewing Company). 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 22.5 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:

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.