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.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Willard Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Platform and Makiwa Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Watercrest Mall (in Waterfall), Aladdin's de-Light (in Nottingham Road) and Pietermaritzburg (Tatham Art Gallery & Cascades Lifestyle Centre). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at La Lucia Mall, get engrossed in the history at Durban Holocaust and Genocide Centre, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and browse the exhibits of Africa Art Gallery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Durban trip planner.

London, UK to Durban is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in Durban reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Malkerns.
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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 3 nights

Do some cultural sightseeing at Yebo Contemporary Art Gallery Eswatini and Swaziland Islamic Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre and Sheba's Breast Mountain. When in Malkerns, make a side trip to see Cuddle Puddle at the Swaziland Spa Health & Beauty Studio in Ezulwini, approximately Ezulwini away.

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Getting from Durban to Malkerns by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier evenings in Malkerns when traveling from Durban in June, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive 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.
Let the collections at Apartheid Museum and I was shot in Joburg capture your imagination. Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Mandela House will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Johann van Heerden's Art Gallery, &more), Alice Art Gallery (in Roodepoort) and 7th Heaven Scuba (in Krugersdorp). The adventure continues: visit Maboneng Precinct, take in the exciting artwork at Everard Read Gallery, explore the galleries of Art Eye Gallery, and examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

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Getting from Malkerns to Johannesburg by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Malkerns in June, you will find days in Johannesburg are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to 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.
Visit Thaba-Bosiu National Monument and Ha Kome Cave Houses for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Gates of Paradise Pass and Maluti Mountains. There's lots more to do: admire the engineering at Katse Dam, browse the different shops at Pioneer Mall, and shop like a local with Lesotho Co-operative Handicrafts.

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Getting from Johannesburg to Maseru by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Johannesburg in June: highs in Maseru hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate District Six Museum and Art on Church Gallery. Head to Baraka Gifts and Decor and Cape Quarter Mallfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Franschhoek (Lynx Wine & African Hands Art Gallery) and Yonder Hill Wine Estate (in Stellenbosch). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, stop by Bo-kaap, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get to know the fascinating history of Maclear's Beacon.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary maker site.

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 June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight 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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