8 days in South Africa & Maseru Itinerary

8 days in South Africa & Maseru Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Maseru, Lesotho
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get great views at Cape Point and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and then meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip website.

Chicago, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In June, Cape Town is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Maseru.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

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 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, admire the engineering at Katse Dam, then take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains, and finally try to win big at Lesotho Sun Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Setsoto Design Gallery, admire the engineering at Mohale Dam, and then explore the galleries of National Museum.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Maseru trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Maseru takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, Maseru is slightly colder than Cape Town - with highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Johannesburg itinerary planner.

Getting from Maseru to Johannesburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Maseru, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 41°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

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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.