31 days in South Africa, Maseru & Butha-Buthe Itinerary

31 days in South Africa, Maseru & Butha-Buthe Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Gansbaai, South Africa
— 2 nights
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George, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, South Africa
— 1 night
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 night
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 3 nights
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Howick, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 9 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa — 5 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 Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West. Get a sense of the local culture at Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery and The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Groot Constantia, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, and look for gifts at Baraka Gifts and Decor.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary planning website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Cape Town. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gansbaai.
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Gansbaai, South Africa — 2 nights

Nature lovers will enjoy a holiday in Gansbaai, a fishing village and tourism haven notable for its diverse marine life and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Lomond Wine, then explore the fascinating underground world of Klipgat Caves, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Dyer Island Cruises. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Raka Wine, then learn about winemaking at Strandveld Vineyards, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Elim Moravian Mission.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gansbaai travel route website.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Gansbaai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Gansbaai can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to fly to George.
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George, South Africa — 3 nights

Benefiting from a pleasant climate and prime location on the Garden Route, the town of George serves as the Southern Cape's premier tourism hub.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Montagu Pass Old Toll House and Cape Palette Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Meiringspoort and Victoria Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from George: Meiringspoort Waterfall (in De Rust) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Oudtshoorn). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Outeniqua Pass and take some stellar pictures from Dolphin Point Lookout.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our George travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Gansbaai to George takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. June in George sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Plettenberg Bay.
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa — 3 nights

As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Escape the urban bustle at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Buffalo Bay. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Peters Anglican Church and Nelson Bay Cave. Take a break from Plettenberg Bay with a short trip to Jandreart Studio in Knysna, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Ocean Safaris, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from George to Plettenberg Bay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from George in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Plettenberg Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, South Africa — 1 night

Komani, formerly known as Queenstown, is a town in the middle of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, roughly halfway between the smaller towns of Cathcart and Sterkstroom. On the 26th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Ruth Lock Shell Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Queenstown takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in June, you will find days in Queenstown are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are colder (-5°C). On the 27th (Tue), you're off to Maseru.
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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.
To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Maseru route planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Maseru takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Queenstown in June since evenings lows in Maseru dip to 5°C. You'll set off for Butha-Buthe on the 28th (Wed).
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho — 3 nights

Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. Explore hidden gems such as Afriski Mountain Resort and Liphofung Caves. Take a break from Butha-Buthe with a short trip to Mafika Lisiu Pass in Pitseng, about 50 minutes away.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Butha-Buthe trip planner.

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, Butha-Buthe is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel to Howick.
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Howick, South Africa — 3 nights

Sitting 1,050 m (3,445 ft) above sea level, Howick boasts waterfalls, gorges, and rivers, and was the site of Nelson Mandela's arrest in 1962.
Explore hidden gems such as Karkloof Canopy Tour and Stormy Hill Trails & Tails. Nelson Mandela Capture Site and The Platform are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Howick, make a side trip to see Fordoun Spa in Nottingham Road, approximately Nottingham Road away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Karkloof Conservation Centre, play a few rounds at Bosch Hoek Golf Club, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Luke's Anglican Church.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Howick online road trip planner.

Drive from Butha-Buthe to Howick in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Butha-Buthe in July, with highs in Howick at 24°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 9 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Kruger National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Letaba Elephant Hall and Masorini Archaeological Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kruger National Park: Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Safaris) and Hoedspruit (Spas, Kumbaya Home Decor, &more). Spend the 12th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's more to do: trek along Bushmans Trail and stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Kruger National Park online trip maker.

You can fly from Howick to Kruger National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Howick in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Kruger National Park. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to home.
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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.
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Lesotho travel guide

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Biking Trails · 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.
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