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

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

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 day
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 1 night
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 day
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Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 4 nights

Mother City

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 Abseil Africa. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape Point, see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Maclear's Beacon, and explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope.

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Milan, Italy to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Cape Town. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Milan in January, with highs in Cape Town at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Maseru.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Maseru, Lesotho

— 1 day
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, then steep 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 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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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

— 1 night
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

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 1 day
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hlane Royal National Park.

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You can drive from Butha-Buthe to Simunye in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mbabane.

Things to do in Simunye

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mbabane vacation planning website.

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. You'll set off for Johannesburg on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Mbabane

Shopping · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 3 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 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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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.

Lesotho travel guide

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Ski Areas · Dams · Waterfalls
Kingdom in the Sky
Mountainous Lesotho lends itself well to an adventurous holiday itinerary. Entirely located above 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in elevation, the country enjoys a cool climate with around 300 days of sunshine each year. Explorations of the mountains form the backbone of many Lesotho holidays. Remote villages located way up in the highlands, only accessible on foot or by horseback, offer a glimpse into the country's authentic culture with their lively markets, traditional eateries, and musical traditions.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

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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.