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

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

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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 2 nights
Fly to Johannesburg, Shuttle to Ezulwini
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Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
Drive
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
Drive
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

— 2 nights
Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): head outdoors with Mafika Lisiu Pass. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Liphofung Caves and then get outside with Afriski Mountain Resort.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Butha-Buthe online attractions planner.

Accra, Ghana to Butha-Buthe is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Accra to Butha-Buthe due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Accra, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Butha-Buthe, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Maseru.

Things to do in Butha-Buthe

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Maseru, Lesotho

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maluti Mountains, see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, and then steep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument. On the next day, see human ingenuity at work at Mohale Dam.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Maseru road trip tool.

Getting from Butha-Buthe to Maseru by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Butha-Buthe in September since evenings lows in Maseru dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ezulwini.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 3 nights

Valley of Heaven

Removed from the bigger and busier parts of the country, Ezulwini Valley represents a quiet place where visitors can relax but at the same time discover the wildlife that spreads across this region.
Get out of town with these interesting Ezulwini side-trips: Ngwenya Mine (in Ngwenya) and Mantenga Nature Reserve (in Manzini). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village, grab your bike and head to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, have fun at Royal Swazi Spa, and try your luck at Happy Valley Casino.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ezulwini online day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Maseru to Ezulwini in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. Traveling from Maseru in September, expect nights in Ezulwini to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Simunye.

Things to do in Ezulwini

Wildlife · Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 1 night
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. On the 24th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hlane Royal National Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Simunye online attractions planner.

Getting from Ezulwini to Simunye by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Ezulwini in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Simunye, with highs around 38°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Simunye

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Maputo, Mozambique

— 4 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 shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, browse the eclectic array of goods at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Maputo route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Simunye to Maputo takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Simunye in September, expect nights in Maputo to be much colder, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Maputo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 28:

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.