60 days in Africa Itinerary

60 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa travel route planner

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Windhoek, Fly to Chobe National Park
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 26 nights
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Harare, Zimbabwe
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Franschhoek (Eikehof & First South African Perfume Museum). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, examine the collection at District Six Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town online journey maker.

New York City, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Cape Town, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get much warmer in Cape Town: highs are around 79°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 18:

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 6 nights
Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Spend the 24th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty, look for gifts at Die Muschel, and browse the exhibits of Swakopmund Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Swakopmund sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Swakopmund in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Swakopmund. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: highs in Swakopmund hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 4 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga and explore and take pictures at Boab Prison Tree.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park route tool.

Getting from Swakopmund to Chobe National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 6 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Pretoria (Union Buildings & Voortrekker Monument), 7th Heaven Scuba (in Krugersdorp) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). Pack the 31st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, visit Maboneng Precinct, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Cradle of Humankind, and take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chobe National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Durban.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:

Durban, South Africa

— 5 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Explore Durban's surroundings by going to Scottburgh Beach (in Scottburgh) and Holla Trails (in Ballito). There's still lots to do: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, walk around Umgeni River Bird Park, and cool off at uShaka Marine World.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Durban trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Durban takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in January since evenings lows in Durban dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Simunye.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 3 nights
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hlane Royal National Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Sugarcane Museum, stroll through Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mlawula Nature Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Simunye trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durban to Simunye takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Simunye

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then explore the striking landscape of Hwange National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hwange National Park travel route planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Simunye to Hwange National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 26 nights
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Step out of Victoria Falls to go to Msuna and see Zambezi River, which is approximately 2 hours away. Spend the 15th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, look for gifts at Cultural Vibes Music Shop, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Victoria Falls trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. You will leave for Harare on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — Feb 7:

Harare, Zimbabwe

Sunshine City

Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Harare trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Harare takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Harare are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Harare

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
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.

Namibia travel guide

4.1
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.

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.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.