8 days in Lesotho & Clarens Itinerary

8 days in Lesotho & Clarens Itinerary

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Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 night
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 1 night
Clarens, South Africa
— 5 nights


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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): try your luck at Lesotho Sun Casino, then take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains, then see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, and finally steep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Morija Museum & Archives and then admire the engineering at Mohale Dam.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Maseru journey planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Maseru is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Maseru can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Butha-Buthe.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Nature

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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

— 1 night
Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): hit the slopes at Afriski Mountain Resort.

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Getting from Maseru to Butha-Buthe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Maseru in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Butha-Buthe, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Clarens.

Things to do in Butha-Buthe

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Clarens, South Africa

— 5 nights
Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State". Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Clarens: Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary (in Bethlehem) and Spion Kop Battlefield (in Ladysmith). Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Golden Gate Highlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Drakensberg Mountains, view the masterpieces at Addy Hoyle Art Gallery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and experience rural life at Baris Monger.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Clarens day trip planning tool.

Getting from Butha-Buthe to Clarens by car takes about an hour. January in Clarens sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Clarens

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

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Lesotho travel guide

Ski Areas · 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.