14 days in South Africa & Lesotho Itinerary

14 days in South Africa & Lesotho Itinerary

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Vredendal, South Africa
— 1 day
Drive
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Gansbaai, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive to Cape Town International Airport, Fly to Upington
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Upington, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gariep Dam, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive

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Vredendal, South Africa — 1 day

Vredendal is a town in the northern Olifants River Valley in the Western Cape province of South Africa, with a population (according to the 2001 census) of 16,164 people. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Klawer Cellars and then learn about winemaking at Teubes Family Wine Cellar.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vredendal holiday builder.

In May, daytime highs in Vredendal are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Gansbaai.
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Gansbaai, South Africa — 4 nights

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gansbaai: Swellendam (Drostdy Museum & Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery), Struisbaai Beach (in Struisbaai) and De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail (in De Hoop Nature Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, take in the pleasant sights at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, and learn about winemaking at Springfontein Wine Estate.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gansbaai trip planning site.

You can drive from Vredendal to Gansbaai in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Vredendal in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Gansbaai, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Upington.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
Side Trips
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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 31st (Tue): take an exotic tour of Kalahari Safaris Day Tours and then learn about winemaking at Orange River Cellars.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Upington travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gansbaai to Upington. Traveling from Gansbaai in May, you will find days in Upington are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.
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Tours · Wildlife · Wineries · Outdoors
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and 7th Heaven Scuba. Step out of Johannesburg to go to Broederstroom and see Lion and Safari Park, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Sat) trying your luck at Gold Reef City. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, and take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Upington to Johannesburg. Traveling from Upington in May, expect nights in Johannesburg to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Maseru.
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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 5th (Sun), get great views at The Lion Rock Mountain, make a trip to Morija Museum & Archives, and then contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maluti Mountains and then see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Maseru travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Maseru by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Maseru, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Gariep Dam.
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Gariep Dam, South Africa — 2 nights

On the 7th (Tue), stroll through Gariep Dam Nature Reserve and then make a trip to Gariep Dam Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tiger Canyon Private Game Reserve.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gariep Dam itinerary maker website.

Drive from Maseru to Gariep Dam in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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.
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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.
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