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

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 1 night
Maseru, Lesotho
— 2 nights
Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights


Johannesburg, South Africa — 4 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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Voortrekker Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Thu) trying your luck at Gold Reef City. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, stop by Jack Friedman Sandton City, try to win big at Montecasino, and get some fabulous bargains at The Diamond Ring By GC Manufacturing Jewellery.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg journey builder website.

Brussels, Belgium to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Brussels in November, plan for much warmer days in Johannesburg, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Ezulwini.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums
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Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 3 nights

Valley of Heaven

Removed from the bigger and busier parts of the country, Ezulwini Valley represents a quiet place where visitors can relax but at the same time discover the wildlife that spreads across this region.
Go for a jaunt from Ezulwini to Ngwenya to see Ngwenya Mine about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: try your luck at Happy Valley Casino, steep yourself in history at Swaziland Islamic Centre, grab your bike and head to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sheba's Breast Mountain.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ezulwini trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Johannesburg to Ezulwini in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Butha-Buthe.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho — 1 night

Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. On the 5th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Liphofung Caves and then take a memorable tour with Afriski Mountain Resort.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Butha-Buthe travel planning website.

Getting from Ezulwini to Butha-Buthe by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Ezulwini in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Butha-Buthe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Maseru.
Parks · Tours · Winter Sports · Adventure
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Maseru, Lesotho — 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Pioneer Mall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maluti Mountains, then see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, and finally contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: try to win big at Avani Lesotho Hotel & Casino and then make a trip to Morija Museum & Archives.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Maseru day trip website.

You can drive from Butha-Buthe to Maseru in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Butha-Buthe in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Maseru, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.
Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Shopping
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Cape Town, South Africa — 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step out of Cape Town to go to Stellenbosch and see Stellenbosch Vineyards, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, trek along Platteklip Gorge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Town planning site.

Traveling by flight from Maseru to Cape Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cape Town when traveling from Maseru in December, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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South Africa travel guide

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.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

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.

Lesotho travel guide

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.