18 days in Eswatini (Swaziland) & St. Lucia Itinerary

18 days in Eswatini (Swaziland) & St. Lucia Itinerary

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18 days in Eswatini (Swaziland) & St. Lucia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Drive:  4 h 30 min
1
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  33 h
2
Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Gros Islet, St. Lucia
— 5 nights
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mbabane: Swazi Candles (in Malkerns), Manzini (Mantenga Cultural Village & Mantenga Nature Reserve) and Simunye (Hlane Royal National Park & Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges). There's much more to do: hike along The Mdzimba Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Malolotja Nature Reserve, contemplate the long history of Ngwenya Mine, and try to win big at Royal Swazi Spa.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mbabane attractions planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Mbabane is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Vieux Fort.

Things to do in Mbabane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzini, Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges, Mlawula Nature Reserve, Ngwenya Mine, Hlane Royal National Park
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Hlane Royal National Park ©
Hlane Royal National Park
Royal Swazi Spa ©
Royal Swazi Spa
Mantenga Cultural Village ©
Mantenga Cultural Village

5
nights
Vieux Fort, St. Lucia

Vieux Fort ©
As its name implies, Vieux Fort was established as a French fort, built in the 17th century to protect the European nation's overseas interests.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vieux Fort: Choiseul Art Gallery (in Choiseul) and Soufriere (Sulphur Springs, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Gros Piton, ride a horse along Sugar Loaves Ranch, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gimie.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vieux Fort online tour itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Mbabane to Vieux Fort with the Route module. Traveling from Mbabane to Vieux Fort, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mbabane in December since evenings lows in Vieux Fort dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Gros Islet.

Things to do in Vieux Fort

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Soufriere, St. Lucia, Choiseul Art Gallery
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Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens ©
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens
Gros Piton ©
Gros Piton
Tet Paul Nature Trail ©
Tet Paul Nature Trail

5
nights
Gros Islet, St. Lucia

Gros Islet ©
Growing out from a humble fishing village, Gros Islet has grown into a major tourist destination, with an abundance of villas, resorts, and hotels along the coast.
Change things up with a short trip to Anse Cochon Beach in Anse La Raye (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Pigeon Island National Park, browse the different shops at Duty Free Pointe Seraphine, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and explore the activities along Marigot Bay.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gros Islet vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vieux Fort to Gros Islet takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gros Islet

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

St. Lucia, Castries, Anse Cochon Beach
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Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Rodney Bay ©
Rodney Bay
Marigot Bay ©
Marigot Bay

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