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.
Robben Island Museum and District Six Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, go for a walk through Maclear's Beacon, steep yourself in history at Groot Constantia, and kick back and relax at Fish Hoek Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cape Town day trip planning tool.

Milan, Italy to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in November, you will find days in Cape Town are much warmer (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Maseru.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains, steep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, and then see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Maseru trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Cape Town to Maseru in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Cape Town in December, Maseru is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Butha-Buthe.
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho — 1 night

Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Afriski Mountain Resort.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Butha-Buthe tour planner.

Traveling by car from Maseru to Butha-Buthe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Maseru in December, Butha-Buthe is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Simunye.
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 1 day

Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Hlane Royal National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Simunye trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Butha-Buthe to Simunye takes 8 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mbabane.
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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 see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mbabane trip planner.

Drive from Simunye to Mbabane in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You'll set off for Johannesburg on the 6th (Tue).
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. see Go Safari. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, and take in panoramic vistas at Top of Africa.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg planner.

Drive from Mbabane to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.
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Lesotho travel guide

4.1
Biking Trails · 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.
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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.
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