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

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

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

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (National Library of South Africa & Union Buildings). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and categoryPhrases.phrase.deepen_your_understanding_of_the_past_and_present_with Constitution Hill.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg route maker site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Johannesburg is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mbabane.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Pretoria, Montecasino, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Mbabane side-trips: Mantenga Cultural Village (in Manzini) and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (in Ezulwini). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nyonyane Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Malolotja Nature Reserve, contemplate the long history of Ngwenya Mine, and trek along The Mdzimba Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mbabane road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Mbabane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off 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, Mantenga Cultural Village, Ngwenya Mine, Malolotja Nature Reserve, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
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, contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, and then see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Maseru trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Mbabane to Maseru takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Mbabane in March, expect nights in Maseru to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, trek along Platteklip Gorge, and visit Abseil Africa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Maseru to Cape Town in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. In March in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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