18 days in South Africa, Eswatini (Swaziland) & Lesotho Itinerary

18 days in South Africa, Eswatini (Swaziland) & Lesotho Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
2
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
3
Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 night
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights

5
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (National Library of South Africa & Union Buildings). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, look for gifts at Jack Friedman Eastgate, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and get in on the family fun at Gold Reef City.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg online holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Johannesburg is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mbabane.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Montecasino
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

3
nights
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Mbabane ©
Although attractions in Mbabane itself remain scarce, this capital of the Kingdom of Swaziland provides a picturesque setting, pleasant weather, and plenty of amenities for tourists exploring the nation's mountains, forests, and valleys.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mantenga Cultural Village (in Manzini), Happy Valley Casino (in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary) and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (in Ezulwini). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Nyonyane Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Malolotja Nature Reserve, tee off at Golf Course, and trek along The Lobamba Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mbabane driving holiday planner.

Drive from Johannesburg to Mbabane in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Mbabane are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Maseru.

Things to do in Mbabane

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Malolotja Nature Reserve, Mantenga Cultural Village, Ngwenya Mine, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
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Nyonyane Mountain ©
Nyonyane Mountain
Happy Valley Casino ©
Happy Valley Casino
Ngwenya Mine ©
Ngwenya Mine

1
night
Maseru, Lesotho

Maseru ©
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 15th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains, thensteep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, and then admire the engineering at Katse Dam.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Maseru day trip site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Mbabane to Maseru in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mbabane in March: highs in Maseru hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Katse Dam ©
Katse Dam
Maluti Mountains ©
Maluti Mountains
Thaba-Bosiu National Monument ©
Thaba-Bosiu National Monument

7
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, hike along Platteklip Gorge, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town vacation planner.

You can fly from Maseru to Cape Town in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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