33 days in South Africa, Eswatini (Swaziland) & Lesotho Itinerary

33 days in South Africa, Eswatini (Swaziland) & Lesotho Itinerary

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Durban, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa — 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Shark Diving and Zipline. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Platform and Tatham Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Watercrest Mall (in Waterfall), Cascades Lifestyle Centre (in Pietermaritzburg) and Aladdin's de-Light (in Nottingham Road). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at La Lucia Mall, kick back and relax at Willard Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Durban travel route planner.

London, UK to Durban is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Durban is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in Durban reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Malkerns.
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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 3 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Yebo Contemporary Art Gallery Eswatini and Mantenga Cultural Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Malkerns: Ezulwini (Swaziland Islamic Centre & Cuddle Puddle at the Swaziland Spa Health & Beauty Studio).

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Malkerns road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Durban to Malkerns takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Durban in July since evenings lows in Malkerns dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 7 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.
Shop till you drop at Kim Sacks Gallery and Everard Read Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Apartheid Museum and I was shot in Joburg. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Alice Art Gallery (in Roodepoort), Pretoria (Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Johann van Heerden's Art Gallery, &more) and 7th Heaven Scuba (in Krugersdorp). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate, take in the exciting artwork at Art Eye Gallery, and revel in the low prices at The Diamond Ring By GC Manufacturing Jewellery.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Malkerns to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. July in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Maseru.
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Maseru, Lesotho — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument and Ha Kome Cave Houses. Do your shopping at Pioneer Mall and Lesotho Co-operative Handicrafts. Go for a jaunt from Maseru to Malealea to see Gates of Paradise Pass about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam and take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Maseru trip maker.

Getting from Johannesburg to Maseru by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in July, plan for slightly colder 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 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 12 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon will appeal to history buffs. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Stellenbosch (Yonder Hill Wine Estate & Art on Church Gallery) and Franschhoek (Lynx Wine & African Hands Art Gallery). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Old Biscuit Mill, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and steep yourself in history at Groot Constantia.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Town day trip planner.

Fly from Maseru to Cape Town in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Maseru in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Cape Town, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly 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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Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.
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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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