8 days in Johannesburg & Maldives Itinerary

8 days in Johannesburg & Maldives Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Hulhumale, Maldives
— 3 nights


Johannesburg, South Africa

— 2 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.
Apartheid Museum and Union Buildings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at I was shot in Joburg and Walter Sisulu Square. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Lion and Safari Park in Broederstroom, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, don't miss a visit to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, try your luck at Montecasino, and browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Sandton City.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg trip builder site.

Polokwane to Johannesburg is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hulhumale.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos

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Hulhumale, Maldives

— 3 nights
Hulhumale, a reclaimed island, recently developed to meet additional industrial, commercial, and housing demands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hulhumale Beach and Artificial Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) and Grand Friday Mosque. Take a break from Hulhumale with a short trip to Medhu Ziyaarath in Male, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, stop by Island Bazaar, walk around Sultan Park, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hulhumale road trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Johannesburg to Hulhumale. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Hulhumale. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Hulhumale dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hulhumale

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Maldives travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.