Singapore Women in Travel - Photo was taken at Cape of Good Hope in South Africa

1 Week Itinerary for a Cape Town and Johannesburg Road Trip

Marvel the beauty of South Africa through the huge safari tours, hiking and climbing points in Johannesburg and more. Calling those wild at heart...

South Africa isn’t just beautiful, it is achingly beautiful.’ – Bill Clinton

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A bunch of 6 crazy people, with no clue what to expect from this camping road trip, went on an adventure to Capetown and Johannesburg in South Africa. Well, like every friend’s road trip, there were prior planning and arrangements, but up to the last days of our trip, we will still make major readjustments of our South Africa trip itinerary 10 days, covering camping gear, clothing, food and more. But looking back, the beauty was in the mix of uncertainty yet curious discovery.

So lets kick off with some of the best stuff we conquered in South Africa:

Gorgeous view at Aquila Game Reserve

South Africa – Wild at Heart

1. South Africa Itinerary 10 Days – Starting with Breathtaking Viewpoints

Table Mountain/ Signal Hill Views

Not labeled as the top 10 natural wonders of the world for nothing, the majestic Table Mountain really frames the city of Capetown in such an idyllic manner. The magic of Capetown would be absent without it as a movie backdrop.

Ely and me with the view of Lion’s Head in the background
Beautiful trees on our way up to Signal Hill
Beautiful view of Table Mountain. Pity we didnt get to go up due to strong winds

Cape Point/ Cape of Good Hope

Lets face it, there are tons of similar amazing lookout points in the world to see waves crashing against cliff rocks, Australia and America are just some of such places. However, Cape Point in South Africa is still one of the places you don’t want to miss out because of its unique geographic significance and the fact that 2 oceans, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean crosses!

Singapore Women in Travel - Photo was taken at Cape of Good Hope in South Africa
Breathtaking view from the lighthouse at Cape Point
Couldnt resist a jump shot with such an awesome view
Signboard of how far we are from home

Enjoy coastal views? Then Mauritius is another destination to consider to see the best cliff sights

Hiking at Drakensburg Mountains

Derived from the Afrikaans name Drakensberge meaning ‘Dragon Mountains’, you can literally imagine a mystical creature lurking amongst the many raw rock Time columns of this world heritage site. Having get to spend 3 full days there, one still cannot get enough of the iconic feature – ‘The Amphitheatre’, which really takes your breath away. Standing there with the immense looming structure, you can almost imagine the words from the iconic movie Gladiator ‘ Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity!’ roared through the rocks here.

View of ‘Amphitheatre’ and ’ Policeman’s helmet’. Spot them!
Little river with fresh spring water that we fill our bottles with( Photo credited to F.Z Joe)
Trekking up all the way( Photo credited to F.Z Joe)
Beautiful rest point/ pit stop where we stopped to take many photos and felt like characters from the Lord of the Rings movie( Photo credited to F.Z Joe)

2. The Wild and the Majestic – Animals in South Africa

Game Reserves/ Safaris in Capetown and Beyond

Any safari and game reserve fans here? If you are tight for time and would rather not have to drive around in your vehicle squinting your eyes to spot a zebra in the thousand acres of land, forget Kruger National Park, we have a simple suggestion for you – Aquila Game Reserve or Imfolozi National Park.

Out of the 2 national parks, we only got to visit Aquila Game Reserve and Safari in Capetown. Located 2 hours away from the Capetown city, Aquila Game Reserve had been one of the most popular safaris in Capetown and has been visited by celebrities like Rihanna and many others. Slightly on the pricier and posh-ier side, it definitely is still a lovely experience to have. However, along the road trip, we did spot many other iconic wild African animals like Ostriches, Rabbits, Gazelles, Cows and many more.

For those who really love safaris and would love to check out the other options around Africa, check out this compiled Africa Safaris List.

Huge lake with creatures of the unknown at Aquila Game Reserve

Huge lake with creatures of the unknown at Aquila Game Reserve

Wild Ostriches spotted along the coast on the way to Cape Point
A lone ‘buck’ watching us, with the rest of his gang having ran off
a lot of hippos spotted in this river!
Lazy leopard swatting flies
Big 5 and More spotted in this trip!
Beautiful cafe at Aquila Game Reserve with a lovely wall of animal collages

Boulders Beach Wild Penguins

Fancy a beach that is totally owned by penguins?
Jackass penguins make Boulder’s beach their little love nest seasonally through the year. These unruffled penguins trot around like kings and go for swims and hunting in groups. Adorable yet humorous to watch them go about their little webbed lives.

Lazy penguins hanging around
The girls and the penguins. Wild at heart

3. Camping and Glamping in the South Africa’s Vast Wilderness

Our campsite against an amazing mountain view

My very first full scale camping trip has been truly rewarding and eye-opening. With 3 cars stuffed with tons of things from tents to deck chairs to mattresses and gas stove, its amazing the degree of luxury camping we enjoyed in this trip. Meals were uncompromised too, with our very tasty ham and tuna sandwiches for lunch to delicious ‘Braai ( Barbecue)’ dinners every night. Steak, lamp chops, pork rashes, chicken fillets, ostrich meat, you name it. Thanks to Malcom and Jason and Dean for lending us heaps of camping stuff to make this experience really amazing.

Extensive set up ( Photo credited to Elysa)
Our daily feasts
Lights from our campsite from afar ( Photo credited to F.Z Joe)
Cosy in our 2 man tent with solar powered lamp.

If you enjoy camping and backpacking so much, why not consider getting a portable backpack chair.

4. Outdoor Activities in South Africa to wet your every appetite

There’s so much when it comes to outdoors in South Africa. From paragliding to horse riding to white shark cage diving. The list is endless! But due to limited time, these were the 2 main things we did:

Best Trekking Places in South Africa

Places like Drakensburg and Table Mountain are lovely spots for day hikes. Not sure about table mountain, but Drakensburg is definitely easy to cover for beginners to intermediate climbers, but remember to start early and don’t get caught in the setting sun ( for us, it starts to set at 5plus everyday). Getting stranded there in winter might not be the best idea.

Easy trek on the 2nd day on the way to ‘The Gorge’.
Beautiful rock and stream running side by side( Photo credited to F.Z Joe)
Stunning view each step of the way. Wild at heart

Rock Climbing at Bronkhorstspruit or Bronkies Africa

Bronkhorstspruit, in short called ‘Bronkies’ is not too far out from the Johannesburg airport and has lovely manageable routes for climbers of all levels. Running parallel to a lovely brook, it’s a must-stay till sunset to catch an amazing view of the golden sun-kissed surroundings. Having spend my last sunset in South Africa there on top of the ‘If women were gods’ climbing route, it was truly a overwhelming yet humbling and meditative moment taking in the vast creation of this world.

Lowering down after an amazing climb up ‘If Women Were gods’ route
Si Ying conquering the route!
Jason against the lovely sun setting sky at the top of the route. The view is to-die-for! Wi

For other rock climbing adventures like Krabi, read on here.

5. Best Sunsets Destination in the World

Now that the trip is over, the moments that keep flashing back to me every time I think of South Africa are the fiery sunsets and stunning blue skies lined with clouds of different forms. If the sky were to be a lady, I would say it never fails to dress itself up with its mood- casual light fluffy balls of cotton for a casual outing, silver linings for a happy date or wispy long strands of wispy translucent clouds for a magical date. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

The wild at heart against sunset view at Signal Hill, Table Mountain.( Photo credited to F.Z Joe)
Carry me on your shoulder.

Carry me on your shoulder.Wild at heart

Fooling around while watching the sunset together at Signal Hill Capetown

Fooling around while watching the sunset together at Signal Hill Capetown

In conclusion, the road trip Cape Town and Johannesburg experience was nothing like those picked up from footage in national geographic or what we pick up from the news. There is so much more that one can only muster with a longer stay in this wild untamed reserve.

I would encourage you to take some time off and leverage on this South Africa 10 Days itinerary for yourself!

Ps. Packing all the essentials is a must for a more hassle-free camping trip. You can use a camping checklist to make sure that you don’t miss any of the essentials. If you are looking to do some volunteering work in Africa, there are also opportunities with organizations like Urbond, where you can read up about my friend Mikey’s experience here.

Wild at Heart - Mornings have never been this wonderful, only because it is South Africa…

Wild at Heart – Mornings have never been this wonderful, only because it is South Africa…

For another great outdoor story, read my Canada Adventure here.

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Lydia Yang

Lydia Yang

Lydia Yang is a Singaporean city girl who decided to ditch her high heels for hiking boots and become a full-time traveller and digital nomad. She has been to almost 60 countries to date! She has a knack for adventure travel, especially rock climbing, and always hunts down the best climbing spots around the world. Check out her expert advice on the best outdoor crags to climb at or what workouts to improve your climbing performance.

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  1. I’ll be sailing South Africa from Oct 2018 to Jan 2019. You’ve given me some great ideas for inland adventures. And you’ve made me weepy with those signs of Cape Town! Can’t wait to be photographed there once I’ve sailed back into the Atlantic, my home ocean.

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