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

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 Memorial and Nan Hua Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Rustenburg (Zipline & Paul Kruger Country House Museum), Historic Motorcycle Museum (in Deneysville) and Pretoria (Melrose House, Sammy Marks House, &more). 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.

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Berlin, Germany to Johannesburg is an approximately 16-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 catch the flight to Butha-Buthe.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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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 18th (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels 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.
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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.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 8 nights

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 Phillipskop Mountain Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum and Dorp Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Topiary Wine Estate (in Wemmershoek), !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein) and Suider Paarl (Fairview Wine and Cheese & Spice Route Destination). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Cape Town Diamond Museum, view the masterpieces at Paul B. Dixon Wildlife Studio, learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate, and engage your brain at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden.

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.
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 St. Christopher Catholic Church. St Peters Anglican 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), Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Knysna Lagoon, &more) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Suspension Bridge & Otter Trail). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and do a tasting at Lodestone Wines.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Plettenberg Bay online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 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 up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to George.
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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 Shark Diving. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Montagu Pass Old Toll House and Arbeidsgenot. Explore George's surroundings by going to St Jude's Anglican Church (in Oudtshoorn), Hartenbos (ATKV’s Hartenbos Museum & Janine Iron and Washing Museum) and ReedValley (in Mossel Bay). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Wilderness National Park. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Herold Wine Estate, make a trip to St Mark's Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Mother Church, and take in the exciting artwork at Cape Palette Art Gallery.

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 catch the flight to Durban.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
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Durban, South Africa — 6 nights

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 Stormy Hill Trails & Tails (in Boston), KartingKZN Galleria (in Amanzimtoti) and Barn Swallow (in Mount Moreland). 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.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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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 The Elephant Sanctuary and Matsamo Cultural Village. Get some cultural insight at Barberton Museum and Barberton History & Mining Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hazyview: Nelspruit (Sudwala Caves & Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary), Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela) and Graskop (Panorama Route & Wonder View). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, enjoy some diversion at JWM Shooting Range, take in the dramatic natural features at Three Roundavels, and stop by Katundo Leather Pty Ltd.

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.
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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 Kingfisher 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.

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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.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wolhuter Wilderness Trail and Masorini Archaeological Site. There's still lots to do: stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail, trek along Bushmans Trail, and get great views at Nkumbe View Site.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Musina.
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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.
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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 Geluksfontein Goat Cheese Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bela Bela: Jugomaro Predator Park (in Groblersdal) and The Black Mamba (in Vaalwater). It doesn't end there: pick up some local products at L'abri Farm Shop and Brewery.

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Traveling by car from Musina to Bela Bela takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Bela Bela can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for home.
Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
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South Africa travel guide

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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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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.

Limpopo Province travel guide

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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.