7 days in Durban, Mpumalanga & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

7 days in Durban, Mpumalanga & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

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Durban, South Africa
— 2 nights
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night


Durban, South Africa

— 2 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Attractions like uShaka Marine World and Golden Mile make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, kick back and relax at Umhlanga Main Beach, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Durban vacation app.

Johannesburg to Durban is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Durban dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Nelspruit, South Africa

— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Elephant Whispers and The Elephant Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelspruit: Graskop (Panorama Route & Wonder View) and Perry's Bridge Reptile Park (in Hazyview). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nelspruit road trip planning website.

Getting from Durban to Nelspruit by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in December, plan for little chillier nights in Nelspruit, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mbabane.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 1 night
Although attractions in Mbabane itself remain scarce, this capital of the Kingdom of Swaziland provides a picturesque setting, pleasant weather, and plenty of amenities for tourists exploring the nation's mountains, forests, and valleys.
On the 16th (Thu), try to win big at Happy Valley Casino.

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Getting from Nelspruit to Mbabane by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mbabane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Mbabane

Fun & Games · Casinos

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Mpumalanga travel guide

National Parks · Nature & Parks · Geologic Formations
Hike through the world's third-highest canyon, and the only green one in the world; explore the world's oldest cave; and witness the diverse wildlife in the many reserves of Mpumalanga. This "place where the sun rises," as the name means in local tongues, features stunning mountain scenery, lush valleys, and charming towns with refreshingly cool weather. Mpumalanga's attractions draw crowds of visitors from far and wide: follow the trails of the 19th-century gold rush in old gold-seeker's towns, rappel down a waterfall, or just take a dip in the pools below after a hike through the rainforests.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.