57 days in Lesotho & South Africa Itinerary

57 days in Lesotho & South Africa Itinerary

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57 days in Lesotho & South Africa Itinerary

Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  23​h 45​min
Maseru, Lesotho
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  4​h 45​min
Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Cape Town, South Africa
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hermanus, South Africa
— 5 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  19​h
Manchester, United Kingdom

2
days
Maseru, Lesotho

Maseru ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument. On your second day here, look for gifts at Setsoto Design Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Ha Kome Cave Houses, then look for gifts at Lesotho Co-operative Handicrafts, and finally try to win big at Lesotho Sun Casino.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Maseru vacation builder.

Manchester, UK to Maseru is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Maseru is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in September, you will find days in Maseru are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Stellenbosch.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites

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Teyateyaneng
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Maluti Mountains ©
Maluti Mountains
Thaba-Bosiu National Monument ©
Thaba-Bosiu National Monument
Ha Kome Cave Houses ©
Ha Kome Cave Houses

2
days
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): experience rural life at Boschendal Manor & Winery and then identify plant and animal life at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): do a tasting at Marianne Wine Estate, examine the collection at The Franschhoek Motor Museum, then learn about winemaking at Dieu Donne, and finally savor the flavors at Eikehof.

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Traveling by flight from Maseru to Stellenbosch takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Maseru in September since evenings lows in Stellenbosch dip to 11°C. You will leave for Cape Town on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Boschendal Wine Estate
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Marianne Wine Estate ©
Marianne Wine Estate
The Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
The Franschhoek Motor Museum
Boschendal Wine Estate ©
Boschendal Wine Estate

10
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Robben Island and District Six Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Boulders Beach and Bloubergstrand Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Town Central (Cape Point Ostrich Farm & Glen Carlou Vineyards), Cape of Good Hope (in Table Mountain National Park) and Cape Point (in Simon's Town). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain, see the interesting displays at !Khwa ttu, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

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Drive from Stellenbosch to Cape Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

!Khwa ttu, Darling Museum, Chapman's Peak Drive, West Coast National Park, La Motte Wine Estate
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Robben Island ©
Robben Island
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach

5
days
Hermanus, South Africa

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
You'll get in some beach time at Grotto Beach and Voelklip Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Springfield Estate Winery and Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Hermanus side-trips: Shipwreck Museum (in Bredasdorp), Arniston (Kassiesbaai & Waenhuiskrans Caves) and McGregor (Millstone Pottery & Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: head off-road at local off-road trails, learn about winemaking at Sumaridge Wine Estate, experience rural life at Owl's Rest Olive and Lavender Farm, and explore the galleries of LEMBU gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Hermanus holiday planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Hermanus can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Arniston, McGregor, Robertson, Horse Riding Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Shipwreck Museum
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Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Springfield Estate Winery ©
Springfield Estate Winery

7
days
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Get outdoors at Safari Ostrich Show Farm and Meiringspoort. Explore hidden gems such as Wilderness Beach and De Krans Wines. Change things up with these side-trips from Oudtshoorn: Meiringspoort Waterfall (in De Rust), Wilderness Lagoon (in Wilderness) and Zorgfontein Game Farm (in Great Brak River). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at The Cango Caves, take an in-depth tour of C.P Nel Museum, enjoy the sea views from Cape St Blaize Lighthouse, and experience rural life at Cango Ostrich Show Farm.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

George, Calitzdorp, De Rust, Mossel Bay, Wilderness
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
The Cango Caves ©
The Cango Caves

8
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Brenton on Sea and Plettenberg Beach. Get outdoors at Robberg Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Plettenberg Bay: Noetzie (in Noetzie) and Knysna (Simola Golf, Holy Trinity Church, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Birds of Eden, stop by The Waterfront Knysna Quays, trek along Garden of Eden, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Peters Anglican Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Plettenberg Bay travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Knysna, Noetzie
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

7
days
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Appreciate the collections at Mosaic Studio and South End Museum. Get some cultural insight at Seal Point and Ron Belling Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Port Elizabeth side-trips: Port Alfred (Kowie River, The Kowie History Museum, & more), Kenton-on-Sea (Beachcomber Horse Trails & Kariega Beach) and Jeffrey's Bay Shell Museum (Charlotte Kritzinger Shell Museum) (in Jeffreys Bay). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Shamwari Game Reserve, brush up on your military savvy at South African Air Force Museum, stop by Daniell Cheetah Project, and try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Port Alfred, Kenton-on-Sea, Jeffrey's Bay Shell Museum (Charlotte Kritzinger Shell Museum), Seal Point, Daniell Cheetah Project
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Seal Point ©
Seal Point
Kariega Beach ©
Kariega Beach
Beachcomber Horse Trails ©
Beachcomber Horse Trails

6
days
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Whispers and Sudwala Caves. Do some cultural sightseeing at Matsamo Cultural Village and Barberton Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nelspruit: Idube Game Reserve (in Sabi Sand Game Reserve), Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail (in Barberton) and Melting Point 1510 (in Graskop). Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stop by Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre, sample the tasty concoctions at Anvil Ale Brewery, and savor the flavors at Shautany Chocolatiers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Nelspruit vacation builder.

You can fly from Port Elizabeth to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Elizabeth, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nelspruit, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Dullstroom, Barberton, White River, Hazyview, Idube Game Reserve
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

8
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Apartheid Museum and Union Buildings. Step off the beaten path and head to Lion and Safari Park and Sammy Marks House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Wild Cave Adventures (in Krugersdorp), Pretoria (President Paul Kruger House, Horseback Africa, & more) and Montecasino (in Sandton). Pack the 24th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and identify plant and animal life at Dinokeng Game Reserve.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip builder.

You can fly from Nelspruit to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nelspruit in October, you will find days in Johannesburg are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pretoria, Lion and Safari Park, Dinokeng Game Reserve, Wild Cave Adventures, Montecasino
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Montecasino ©
Montecasino
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Lion and Safari Park ©
Lion and Safari Park

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