8 days in Lesotho & Clarens Itinerary

8 days in Lesotho & Clarens Itinerary

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Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 night
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 1 night
Clarens, South Africa
— 5 nights


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 16th (Wed), try to win big at Lesotho Sun Casino, take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains, then see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, and finally contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Morija Museum & Archives and then admire the engineering at Mohale Dam.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Maseru sightseeing planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Maseru is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for little chillier days in Maseru, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Butha-Buthe.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks · Nature · Casinos · Fun & Games

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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 18th (Fri): hit the slopes at Afriski Mountain Resort.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Butha-Buthe day trip tool.

Drive from Maseru to Butha-Buthe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Maseru in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Butha-Buthe, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Clarens.

Things to do in Butha-Buthe

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks
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Clarens, South Africa

— 5 nights
Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State". Explore Clarens' surroundings by going to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary (in Bethlehem) and Spion Kop Battlefield (in Ladysmith). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Clarens Brewery, tee off at The Clarens Golf Estate, relax in the rural setting at Baris Monger, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Clarens day trip site.

You can drive from Butha-Buthe to Clarens in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Clarens

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

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Lesotho travel guide

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.