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

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

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 9 nights
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Maseru, Lesotho
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Fly to Johannesburg, Shuttle to Mbabane
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Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 11 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 9 nights

Mother City

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Cape Town, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Cape Town is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 19 — 28:

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

— 2 nights

Windy City

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Spend the 29th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Shamwari Game Reserve. Spend the 30th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, try to win big at The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, and kick back and relax at Hobie Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 3 nights

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.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Lion and Safari Park in Broederstroom--about 54 minutes away. Spend the 31st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square, and try your luck at Montecasino.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Johannesburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Port Elizabeth in May, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Maseru.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maluti Mountains, admire the engineering at Katse Dam, then contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, and finally try to win big at Lesotho Sun Casino. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Lesotho Co-operative Handicrafts and then don't miss a visit to Morija Museum & Archives.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Maseru trip builder tool.

Getting from Johannesburg to Maseru by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Johannesburg in June: highs in Maseru hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mbabane.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

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Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 11 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mbabane: Piggs Peak (Tintsaba Crafts & Nsangwini Bushman Paintings), Mantenga Nature Reserve (in Manzini) and Lion Cavern (in Ngwenya). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ngwenya Mine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Traditional Swazi Craft Markets, pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Cathedral, and have fun at Royal Swazi Spa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mbabane vacation builder site.

Getting from Maseru to Mbabane by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Maseru in June, you will find days in Mbabane are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). On the 15th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mbabane

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.