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 Lesedi Cultural Village. Get a sense of the local culture at Sterkfontein Cave and Liliesleaf. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Pretoria (Melrose House, Sammy Marks House, &more), Historic Motorcycle Museum (in Deneysville) and Nan Hua Temple (in Bronkhorstspruit). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hector Pieterson Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Jo Anke Gallery, explore the galleries of Standard Bank Gallery, and stop by Amatuli Artefacts.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planning website.

Berlin, Germany to Johannesburg is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly 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 flight from Johannesburg to Butha-Buthe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
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 · Wildlife · Parks

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and !Khwa ttu. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum and Beau Constantia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, The Rhenish Mission Church, &more), Suider Paarl (Fairview Wine and Cheese & Spice Route Destination) and Topiary Wine Estate (in Wemmershoek). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Cape Town Diamond Museum, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, learn about winemaking at High Constantia Wine Cellar, and stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cape Town journey maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Upington to Cape Town. When traveling from Upington in June, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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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 Holy Trinity Church. St. Christopher Catholic Church and Nelson Bay Cave will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River), Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Otter Trail) and Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Old Gaol and Art Gallery, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary, do a tasting at Lodestone Wines, explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peters Anglican Church.

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You can fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Plettenberg Bay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. 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

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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 Montagu Pass Old Toll House and Dutch Reformed Mother Church. 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. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark's Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Kaaiman's River, browse the exhibits of Pharoah Art Gallery, and kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our George trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to George takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in George, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Durban.

Things to do in George

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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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 The Buddhist Retreat Centre. 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), KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti) and Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (in Boston). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Royal Natal National Park, take in the history at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Luke's Anglican Church.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Durban online attractions planner.

You can fly from George to Durban in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from George in July, things will get a bit warmer in Durban: highs are around 27°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hazyview.

Things to do in Durban

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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 Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Get some cultural insight at Matsamo Cultural Village and Barberton History & Mining Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Sudwala Caves (in Nelspruit), Graskop (Panorama Route & Wonder View) and Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Mary Shire Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, and have fun at JW Shooting Range.

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 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

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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 iNyoka Art Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Spas. Change things up with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, take in the exciting artwork at Kingfisher Gallery, and head outdoors with Siyafunda Conservation.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hoedspruit using our trip planner.

Drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

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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 Bushmans Trail. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park journey builder website.

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough 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.

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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

Wildlife · Parks · 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 L'abri Farm Shop and Brewery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bela Bela: Jugomaro Predator Park (in Groblersdal) and The Black Mamba (in Vaalwater). There's more to do: get a taste of life in the country at Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bela Bela vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Musina to Bela Bela takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bela Bela

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.