15 days in Eswatini (Swaziland), Maputo & Lesotho Itinerary

15 days in Eswatini (Swaziland), Maputo & Lesotho Itinerary

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Fly to Johannesburg, Shuttle to Malkerns
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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 5 nights
Fly
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 2 nights
Fly

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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sheba's Breast Mountain, steep yourself in history at Mantenga Cultural Village, and then relax and float downstream with Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre. On your second day here, stop by Swazi Candles, grab your bike and head to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, and then try your luck at Happy Valley Casino.

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Accra, Ghana to Malkerns is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Accra to Malkerns due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Accra in September: high temperatures in Malkerns hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Simunye.

Things to do in Malkerns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 2 nights
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Hlane Royal National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mlawula Nature Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges, and then take in the awesome beauty at Lebombo Mountains.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Simunye road trip planner.

You can drive from Malkerns to Simunye in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Malkerns in September: highs in Simunye hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Simunye

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Maputo, Mozambique

— 5 nights

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
Maputo is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, get a new perspective on nature at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, and browse the eclectic array of goods at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Maputo trip planner.

You can drive from Simunye to Maputo in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Simunye in September, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Maputo: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Maseru.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:

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.
Explore Maseru's surroundings by going to Gates of Paradise Pass (in Malealea) and Morija Museum & Archives (in Morija). There's much more to do: admire the engineering at Katse Dam, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maluti Mountains, try to win big at Lesotho Sun Casino, and contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument.

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Traveling by flight from Maputo to Maseru takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Maputo in September: high temperatures in Maseru hover around 25°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Butha-Buthe.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks · Scenic Drive · Casinos · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

— 2 nights
Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Liphofung Caves and then hit the slopes at Afriski Mountain Resort.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Butha-Buthe trip tool.

Traveling by car from Maseru to Butha-Buthe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Maseru in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°C in Butha-Buthe. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Butha-Buthe

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

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.

Lesotho travel guide

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Ski Areas · 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.