60 days in Lesotho, South Africa & Simunye Itinerary

60 days in Lesotho, South Africa & Simunye Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 12 nights
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Semonkong, Lesotho
— 2 nights
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 night
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 1 night
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 4 nights
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Hazyview, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 22 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 day
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 12 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alon Shina - African Designs, Heart of Cape Town Museum and Table Mountain National Park. Get some historical perspective at Robben Island Museum and Castle of Good Hope. Do some cultural sightseeing at District Six Museum and First South African Perfume Museum. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein) and Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery (in Franschhoek). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take in the pleasant sights at Maclear's Beacon, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planning website.

Miami, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Miami in December, plan for little chillier nights in Cape Town, with lows around 60°F. You will leave for Oudtshoorn on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Cape Town

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa

— 4 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch. Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness Beach (in Wilderness) and Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex (in Mossel Bay). There's more to do: take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass and experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Oudtshoorn online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Oudtshoorn sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Semonkong.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Semonkong, Lesotho

— 2 nights
Semonkong is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Maletsunyane Falls Semonkong.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Semonkong trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Oudtshoorn to Semonkong takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In January, daytime highs in Semonkong are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. You will leave for Maseru on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Semonkong

Nature · Parks
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Maseru, Lesotho

— 1 night
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 (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maluti Mountains, see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, and then contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Maseru travel route builder site.

Getting from Semonkong to Maseru by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Maseru can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Butha-Buthe.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

— 1 night
Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): Head underground at Liphofung Caves.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Butha-Buthe day trip planning app.

Getting from Maseru to Butha-Buthe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Maseru in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Butha-Buthe, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Simunye.

Things to do in Butha-Buthe

Nature · Parks
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 4 nights
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Escape the urban bustle at Hlane Royal National Park and Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges. Venture out of the city with trips to Tintsaba Crafts (in Piggs Peak) and Lebombo Mountains (in Mhlume). The adventure continues: stroll through Mlawula Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Simunye driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Butha-Buthe to Simunye in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. On the 11th (Tue), you'll travel to Hazyview.

Things to do in Simunye

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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Hazyview, South Africa

— 4 nights
A gateway to the popular Kruger National Park, Hazyview boasts an enviable location in South Africa's lowveld, surrounded by a staggering number of both natural and historic sites.
Get outdoors at Panorama Route and Bourkes' Luck Potholes. Do your shopping at i'langa Mall and Shautany Chocolatiers. Step out of Hazyview to go to Sabie and see Mary Shire Falls, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Whispers.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hazyview trip planning site.

You can drive from Simunye to Hazyview in 3.5 hours. In January in Hazyview, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Hoedspruit, South Africa

— 5 nights
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Step out of the city life by going to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and Debengeni Waterfall. Step out of Hoedspruit to go to Haenertsburg and see Blueberry Heights Farm, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Siyafunda Conservation, stop by Ukuthula Arts & Craft Shop, and Head underground at Echo Caves.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hoedspruit travel website.

You can drive from Hazyview to Hoedspruit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 22 nights
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Step out of the city life by going to Kruger National Park and Sweni Wilderness Trail. Spend the 22nd (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Kruger National Park are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — Feb 11:

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 1 day

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

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South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.

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.

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.