59 days in South Africa & Lesotho Itinerary

59 days in South Africa & Lesotho Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 1 night
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Upington, South Africa
— 1 night
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 7 nights
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George, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Musina, South Africa
— 1 night
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Bela Bela, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ukutula Conservation Center and Sterkfontein Cave. Get a sense of the local culture at Hector Pieterson Museum and Nan Hua Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Historic Motorcycle Museum (in Deneysville), Pretoria (Melrose House, Sammy Marks House, &more) and Rustenburg (Zipline & Paul Kruger Country House Museum). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Liliesleaf, view the masterpieces at Jo Anke Gallery, steep yourself in history at Nelson Mandela Foundation, and browse the exhibits of Art Eye Gallery.

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

Berlin, Germany to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. June in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Butha-Buthe.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 17:

Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

— 1 night
Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. On the 18th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Afriski Mountain Resort.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Butha-Buthe trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Butha-Buthe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Butha-Buthe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Upington.

Things to do in Butha-Buthe

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:
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Upington, South Africa

— 1 night
Upington is a town founded in 1884 and located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, on the banks of the Orange River. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll through Tierberg Nature Reserve and then get engrossed in the history at Kalahari-Oranje Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Upington online attractions planner.

Drive from Butha-Buthe to Upington in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Butha-Buthe in June; daily highs in Upington reach 25°C and lows reach 5°C. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to Cape Town.

Things to do in Upington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Cape Point Lighthouse and The Rhenish Mission Church. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Chapman's Peak Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Suider Paarl (Fairview Wine and Cheese & Spice Route Destination), !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein) and Topiary Wine Estate (in Wemmershoek). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Cathedral Parish, learn about winemaking at Spier Wine Farm, and get curious at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden.

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

Explore your travel options from Upington to Cape Town with the Route module. When traveling from Upington in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 28:

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

— 7 nights
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Get some cultural insight at Jandreart Studio and St Peters Anglican Church. St. Christopher Catholic Church and Nelson Bay Cave will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Old Gaol and Art Gallery, &more), Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Otter Trail) and The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay day trip tool.

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Plettenberg Bay sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to George.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 5:

George, South Africa

— 5 nights
Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Explore hidden gems such as Outeniqua Transport Museum and Herold Wine Estate. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dutch Reformed Mother Church and St Mark's Cathedral. Explore George's surroundings by going to Hartenbos (ATKV’s Hartenbos Museum & Janine Iron and Washing Museum), Mossel Bay (Shark Diving & ReedValley) and Oudtshoorn (Arbeidsgenot & St Jude's Anglican Church). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Wilderness National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Montagu Pass Old Toll House, take in the exciting artwork at Pharoah Art Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at Kaaiman's River, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wilderness Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the George road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to George takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July since evenings lows in George dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Durban.

Things to do in George

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 10:

Durban, South Africa

— 6 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple and St Luke's Anglican Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Harold Johnson Nature Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Barn Swallow (in Mount Moreland), The Buddhist Retreat Centre (in Ixopo) and KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti). On the 14th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Royal Natal National Park. There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Stormy Hill Trails & Tails, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery, and take in the history at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Durban vacation maker.

You can fly from George to Durban in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from George in July; daily highs in Durban reach 27°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:

Hazyview, South Africa

— 7 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Matsamo Cultural Village. Get some cultural insight at Barberton Museum and Barberton History & Mining Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Graskop (Panorama Route & Wonder View), Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela) and Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves & Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, enjoy some diversion at JWM Shooting Range, take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, and stop by Katundo Leather Shop.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview online travel route planner.

Fly from Durban to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hazyview, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 23:

Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 4 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Haenertsburg Cemetery and Kingfisher Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and iNyoka Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

To plan Hoedspruit vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 5 nights
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Sweni Wilderness Trail. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park vacation maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Musina.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:

Musina, South Africa

— 1 night
Musina or Messina is the northernmost town in the Limpopo province of South Africa. On the 2nd (Fri), stroll through Musina Nature Reserve and then examine the collection at Mapungubwe Museum.

Plan my trip to Musina with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Kruger National Park to Musina in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Bela Bela.

Things to do in Musina

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 2:
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Bela Bela, South Africa

— 3 nights
Taking a trip to Bela Bela allows visitors to enjoy mild weather and many hot springs.
Visiting Adventures with Elephants and Mabalingwe Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Welgevonden Nature Reserve and Jugomaro Predator Park. Step out of Bela Bela with an excursion to The Black Mamba in Vaalwater--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get a taste of life in the country at Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm and pick up some local products at L'abri Farm Shop and Brewery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bela Bela sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Musina to Bela Bela in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bela Bela

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

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.

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.

Limpopo Province travel guide

3.9
Nature & Parks · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Zoos
With a name meaning "strong gushing waterfalls" in the Sepedi language, Limpopo features powerful streams, rivers, and waterfalls. A trip through Limpopo reveals several mining towns; tea, tropical fruit, and forestry production areas; as well as mineral springs to the south. A road cuts through the middle of Limpopo, which acts as an important route towards the rest of Africa. Rich in natural resources, Limpopo's tourist attractions include more than 50 game reserves.