30 days in Africa Itinerary

30 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 1 night
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town day trip planning tool.

Nelspruit to Cape Town is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nelspruit in June, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 8:

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Windhoek, Namibia

Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Step out of Windhoek with an excursion to Deadvlei in Sossusvlei--about 5h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and examine the collection at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Windhoek trip builder.

Getting from Cape Town to Windhoek by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Cape Town in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

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Chobe National Park, Botswana

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chobe National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Windhoek to Chobe National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Chobe National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:

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Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ngamiland East travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In June, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 14:

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Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, museums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and view the masterpieces at The National Art Gallery, Livingstone.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Livingstone trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ngamiland East to Livingstone in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. When traveling from Ngamiland East in June, plan for slightly colder days in Livingstone, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:

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Lilongwe, Malawi

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka, then pause for some serene contemplation at Maula Cathedral, and then take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lilongwe road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Livingstone to Lilongwe takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

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Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Arusha is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Off-Road Tours, see the interesting displays at Isle of Jewels, hunt for treasures at Masai Central Market, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Arusha trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Lilongwe to Arusha in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lilongwe to Arusha. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Venture out of the city with trips to Paje Beach (in Paje), Nungwi Beach (in Nungwi) and Bahati Beach Boutique (in Kendwa). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, stroll through Cheetah's Rock, and make a trip to Big Body With Tatata Spice Farm.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City planner.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Zanzibar City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Arusha in June; daily highs in Zanzibar City reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:

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Maputo, Mozambique

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
On the 26th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Xefina Pequena, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, and finally admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum (Museu das Pescas), examine the collection at Museu dos CFM, get engrossed in the history at National Money Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mesquita da Baixa, then view the masterpieces at CCBM - Centro Cultural Brasil-Mocambique, and finally take in the exciting artwork at CCFM - Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Maputo trip maker app.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Maputo by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zanzibar City in June, Maputo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Simunye.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. On the 28th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Lebombo Mountains and then explore the striking landscape of Hlane Royal National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Mlawula Nature Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Simunye tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Maputo to Simunye takes 2.5 hours. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Simunye

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Namibia travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.

Botswana travel guide

3.7
Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.

Zambia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.

Malawi travel guide

4.2
Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Geologic Formations · Beaches · Safaris
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Mozambique travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Flea Markets
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

3.4
Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.