14 days in South Africa, Lesotho & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

14 days in South Africa, Lesotho & Eswatini (Swaziland) Itinerary

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Start: Milan, Italy
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
3
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Milan, Italy

4
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.
Visit Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cape Town trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Milan, Italy to Cape Town is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Milan in January, with highs in Cape Town at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Maseru.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

1
day
Maseru, Lesotho

Maseru ©
Founded in 1869 by the British, Lesotho's main city--Maseru--lies on the border with South Africa on a plateau surrounded by red hills.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains, thensteep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, and then see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Maseru day trip planning website.

Fly from Cape Town to Maseru in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In January in Maseru, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Butha-Buthe.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Katse Dam ©
Katse Dam
Maluti Mountains ©
Maluti Mountains
Thaba-Bosiu National Monument ©
Thaba-Bosiu National Monument

1
night
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

Butha-Buthe ©
Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): hit the slopes at Afriski Mountain Resort.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Butha-Buthe trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Maseru to Butha-Buthe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Maseru in January since evenings lows in Butha-Buthe dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Simunye.

Things to do in Butha-Buthe

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Afriski Mountain Resort ©
Afriski Mountain Resort

1
day
Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Simunye ©
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Hlane Royal National Park.

Start your trip to Simunye by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Butha-Buthe to Simunye in 7.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mbabane.

Things to do in Simunye

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hlane Royal National Park
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Hlane Royal National Park ©
Hlane Royal National Park

1
night
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Mbabane
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): head outdoors with The Lobamba Trail and then hike along The Mdzimba Trail.

Planning Mbabane trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Simunye to Mbabane by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mbabane are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Mbabane

Parks Outdoors Trails
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3
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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 Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct are good opportunities to explore the local culture. see Go Safari. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of Africa.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg holiday planner.

You can drive from Mbabane to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. January in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Go Safari ©
Go Safari
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct

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