23 days in South Africa, Malealea & Maseru Itinerary

23 days in South Africa, Malealea & Maseru Itinerary

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23 days in South Africa, Malealea & Maseru Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
ferry + Fly:  23​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hermanus, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Malealea, Lesotho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 night
Fly:  31​h
End: Toronto, Canada


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5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Watershed or Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like West Coast National Park and !Khwa ttu. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon in Langebaan--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: hike along Platteklip Gorge, see the interesting displays at Museum of Gems and Jewellery, steep yourself in history at Cape Town City Hall, and step off the mainland to explore Robben Island Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary maker website .

Toronto, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Cape Town. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Toronto in September; daily highs in Cape Town reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

!Khwa ttu, Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon, West Coast National Park
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!Khwa ttu ©
!Khwa ttu
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

2
nights
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch ©
Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): do a tasting at Franschhoek Cellar, then learn about winemaking at Stony Brook Vineyards, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Villiera Wines, then do a tasting at Thelema Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Terra Del Capo - Tasting Room, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dutch Reform Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Stellenbosch travel route planner.

You can take a bus from Cape Town to Stellenbosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hermanus.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek
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Stony Brook Vineyards ©
Stony Brook Vineyards
Terra Del Capo - Tasting Room ©
Terra Del Capo - Tasting Room
Villiera Wines ©
Villiera Wines

2
nights
Hermanus, South Africa

Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, then brush up on your military savvy at Soldiers Memorial Museum, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, do a tasting at Ataraxia Wines, then see the interesting displays at The Whale House Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lembu Gallery & Studio.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hermanus road trip planner.

You can drive from Stellenbosch to Hermanus in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Hermanus

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale House Museum ©
The Whale House Museum
Ataraxia Wines ©
Ataraxia Wines

2
nights
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cango Wildlife Ranch, get engrossed in the history at C.P Nel Museum, and then stroll through Safari Ostrich Show Farm. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Cango Caves, then do a tasting at Karusa Vineyards, and then head outdoors with Waterval Rust en Vrede.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oudtshoorn attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hermanus to Oudtshoorn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Cango Wildlife Ranch ©
Cango Wildlife Ranch
C.P Nel Museum ©
C.P Nel Museum
Cango Caves ©
Cango Caves

3
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Porcupine Ceramics and St. Christopher Catholic Church. Step out of the city life by going to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary and Radical Raptors. Go for a jaunt from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna to see Buffalo Bay about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Plettenberg Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Plettenberg Bay online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Addo Elephant National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Buffalo Bay
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Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach

3
nights
Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Addo Elephant National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Walter Battiss Art Museum and then stop by Kleinpoort Pompstal.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Addo Elephant National Park trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Plettenberg Bay to Addo Elephant National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for Malealea on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Addo Elephant National Park

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, Walter Battiss Art Museum, Kleinpoort Pompstal
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Kleinpoort Pompstal ©
Kleinpoort Pompstal

2
nights
Malealea, Lesotho

Malealea ©
On the 17th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Gates of Paradise Pass.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Malealea tour planning website .

Drive from Addo Elephant National Park to Malealea in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Maseru.

Things to do in Malealea

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Gates of Paradise Pass ©
Gates of Paradise Pass

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 18th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at National Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains, and then stop by Lesotho Co-operative Handicrafts. On the next day, try to win big at Lesotho Sun Casino, then contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Maseru day trip planning app .

You can drive from Malealea to Maseru in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Maseru are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maseru

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Thaba-Bosiu National Monument
Thaba-Bosiu National Monument
National Museum ©
National Museum
Maluti Mountains ©
Maluti Mountains

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