39 days in Lesotho, South Africa & Simunye Itinerary

39 days in Lesotho, South Africa & Simunye Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 11 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
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 day
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 11 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 Bo-kaap. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum & Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery) and Boschendal Wine Estate (in Groot Drakenstein). 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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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 still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Swartberg Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Ostrich Show Farm, and experience rural life at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Oudtshoorn visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 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 your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Semonkong.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

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 December, Semonkong is somewhat warmer than Oudtshoorn - with highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Maseru.

Things to do in Semonkong

Parks · Nature
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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 21st (Tue), 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 December, daily temperatures in Maseru can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) 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 22nd (Wed): 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 December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Butha-Buthe, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Simunye.

Things to do in Butha-Buthe

Parks · Nature
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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 Mlawula Nature Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Lebombo Mountains (in Mhlume) and Tintsaba Crafts (in Piggs Peak). The adventure continues: stroll through Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges.

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 27th (Mon), 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 Elephant Whispers. Do your shopping at i'langa Mall and Shautany Chocolatiers. Explore Hazyview's surroundings by going to Bourkes' Luck Potholes (in Moremela) and Mary Shire Falls (in Sabie). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and stroll through The Elephant Sanctuary.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hazyview trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Simunye to Hazyview by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hazyview can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Hazyview

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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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 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Hoedspruit to Kruger National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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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 7th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at I was shot in Joburg.

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 January, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping · Museums
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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.

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.