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
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Klein Roosboom Boutique Winery and Robben Island Museum. Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, see the interesting displays at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Cape Town. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time 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 Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from George to De Rust to see Meiringspoort Waterfall about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Victoria Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Outeniqua Pass, and get great views at Dolphin Point Lookout.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the George online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Gansbaai to George in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You'll set off for Plettenberg Bay on the 23rd (Fri).
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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 Ocean Safaris. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Peters Anglican Church and Jandreart Studio. Take a break from Plettenberg Bay with a short trip to Buffalo Bay in Knysna, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christopher Catholic Church, and contemplate the long history of Nelson Bay Cave.

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Getting from George to Plettenberg Bay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from George in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Plettenberg Bay, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 Mafika Lisiu Pass. The adventure continues: Head underground at Liphofung Caves.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Butha-Buthe holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Maseru to Butha-Buthe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Butha-Buthe when traveling from Maseru in June, with lows around 0°C. You will leave for Howick on the 1st (Sat).
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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 St Luke's Anglican Church 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. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Karkloof Conservation Centre, tee off at Bosch Hoek Golf Club, and explore the galleries of The Platform.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Howick trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Butha-Buthe to Howick in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Butha-Buthe in July, with highs in Howick at 24°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough 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 Amarula Lapa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kruger National Park: Hoedspruit (Spas, Kumbaya Home Decor, &more) and Safaris (in Phalaborwa). Spend the 12th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bushmans Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nyalaland Wilderness Trail, and delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Howick to Kruger National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Howick in July since evenings lows in Kruger National Park dip to 10°C. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to home.
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South Africa travel guide

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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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