59 days in South Africa & Lesotho Itinerary

59 days in South Africa & Lesotho Itinerary

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Start: Berlin, Germany
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 1 night
Drive:  11 h 15 min
3
Upington, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 7 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
George, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Durban, South Africa
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h 30 min
8
Hazyview, South Africa
— 7 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
10
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
11
Musina, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
12
Bela Bela, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Berlin, Germany

6
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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 Zipline. Get a sense of the local culture at Hector Pieterson Museum and Sterkfontein Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Nan Hua Temple (in Bronkhorstspruit), Historic Motorcycle Museum (in Deneysville) and Pretoria (Melrose House, Sammy Marks House, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Lesedi Cultural Village, view the masterpieces at I was shot in Joburg, steep yourself in history at Kromdraai Gold Mine, and admire all the interesting features of Nelson Mandela Foundation.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg attractions planner.

Berlin, Germany to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Butha-Buthe.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Pretoria, Rustenburg, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Sandton, Nan Hua Temple
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Zipline
Sterkfontein Cave ©
Sterkfontein Cave

1
night
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

Butha-Buthe ©
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 other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Butha-Buthe trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Butha-Buthe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, bus, and car; 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 Outdoors Winter Sports
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Afriski Mountain Resort ©
Afriski Mountain Resort

1
night
Upington, South Africa

Upington ©
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 reviews, where to stay, more things to do, 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

Side Trip

Tierberg Nature Reserve
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Kalahari-Oranje Museum ©
Kalahari-Oranje Museum

8
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
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 Dorp Street and St Mary's Cathedral Parish. Escape the urban bustle at Chapman's Peak Drive and Twelve Apostles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein), Suider Paarl (Fairview Wine and Cheese & Spice Route Destination) and Topiary Wines (in Wemmershoek). Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 27th (Thu) with a shark diving experience. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, get curious at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, and do a tasting at Waterford Estate.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Upington to Cape Town. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Upington in June: highs in Cape Town hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Wineries Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Paarl, !Khwa ttu, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, Topiary Wines
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Fairview Wine and Cheese ©
Fairview Wine and Cheese
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Dorp Street ©
Dorp Street

7
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
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 St Peters Anglican Church and St George's 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), The Dolphin Trail (in Storms River) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Otter Trail). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, do a tasting at Plettenvale Wines, and explore the activities along Knysna Lagoon.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay day trip tool.

Fly from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. 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 take a bus to George.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
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Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Garden Route National Park ©
Garden Route National Park

5
nights
George, South Africa

George ©
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 Wilderness National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dutch Reformed Mother Church and Montagu Pass Old Toll House. Explore George's surroundings by going to Mossel Bay (Shark Diving & ReedValley), Hartenbos (ATKV’s Hartenbos Museum & Janine Iron and Washing Museum) and Oudtshoorn (Arbeidsgenot & St Jude's Anglican Church). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Wilderness Beach, browse the exhibits of Pharoah Art Gallery, learn about winemaking at Herold Wine Estate, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the George road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Plettenberg Bay to George takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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

Side Trips

Mossel Bay, Wilderness, Oudtshoorn
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Wilderness National Park ©
Wilderness National Park
Shark Diving

6
nights
Durban, South Africa

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 The Buddhist Retreat Centre and St Luke's Anglican Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Harold Johnson Nature Reserve (in Stanger), Barn Swallow (in Mount Moreland) and KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_dedicate_a_day_to_the_elevated_beauty_of Royal Natal National Park. There's still lots to do: admire the architecture and history at The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery, and ride a horse along Stormy Hill Trails & Tails.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Durban vacation maker.

You can fly from George to Durban in 2.5 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Harold Johnson Nature Reserve, Scuba & Snorkeling, Makiwa Gallery, Stormy Hill Trails & Tails, St Luke's Anglican Church
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Buddhist Retreat Centre ©
The Buddhist Retreat Centre
Royal Natal National Park ©
Royal Natal National Park

7
nights
Hazyview, South Africa

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 Elephant Whispers and Safaris. Get some cultural insight at Matsamo Cultural Village and Barberton Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves & Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary), Graskop (Panorama Route & Wonder View) and Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, look for gifts at Katundo Leather Shop, stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary, and have fun at JW Shooting Range.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hazyview online travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Durban to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. 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 take a bus to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

White River, Nelspruit, Graskop, Barberton, Sabie
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Safaris
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Zipline

4
nights
Hoedspruit, South Africa

Hoedspruit ©
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 Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop. 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, browse the exhibits of Kingfisher Gallery, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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

Take a bus from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. 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 travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Haenertsburg Cemetery, Qualito Craft Distillery
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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre ©
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre ©
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
Siyafunda Conservation ©
Siyafunda Conservation

5
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
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 Lonely Bull Trail. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail, trek along Bushmans Trail, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park journey builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi 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 Trails Outdoors
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Olifants Wilderness Trail ©
Olifants Wilderness Trail
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

1
night
Musina, South Africa

Musina ©
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
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Musina Nature Reserve ©
Musina Nature Reserve

3
nights
Bela Bela, South Africa

Bela Bela ©
Taking a trip to Bela Bela allows visitors to enjoy mild weather and many hot springs.
Visiting Adventures with Elephants and Welgevonden Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mabalingwe 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.

To find other places to visit, reviews, 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

Side Trips

Vaalwater, Jugomaro Predator Park
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Adventures with Elephants ©
Adventures with Elephants
Welgevonden Nature Reserve ©
Welgevonden Nature Reserve
Jugomaro Predator Park ©
Jugomaro Predator Park

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