23 days in Africa Itinerary

23 days in Africa Itinerary

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 2 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

— 1 night

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at Sabegn.

For maps and tourist information, read our Addis Ababa online trip itinerary builder.

Manama, Bahrain to Addis Ababa is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Manama in July, expect Addis Ababa to be much colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Shopping

Nosy Be, Madagascar

— 2 nights

Perfume Island

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
On the 11th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ambaro Ranch and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosy Be trip planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Nosy Be in 7.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Addis Ababa in July, with highs in Nosy Be at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Livingstone.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Livingstone, Zambia

— 2 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Livingstone Museum and then admire all the interesting features of Mukuni Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on The Explorer Club and then admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Livingstone trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Nosy Be to Livingstone in 23.5 hours. Traveling from Nosy Be to Livingstone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nosy Be in July; daily highs in Livingstone reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Livingstone

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 3 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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge, look for gifts at Cultural Vibes Music Shop, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls online trip maker.

Victoria Falls is just a stone's throw from Livingstone. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Livingstone in July since evenings lows in Victoria Falls dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Windhoek, Namibia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche and then tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Windhoek travel route planner.

Fly from Victoria Falls to Windhoek in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Windhoek sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Cape Town, South Africa

— 4 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and look for all kinds of wild species at Platteklip Gorge.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town road trip planning website.

You can fly from Windhoek to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Windhoek in July, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): try your luck at Montecasino and then examine the collection at Apartheid Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Mandela House and then get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip builder tool.

You can fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in July, Johannesburg is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 1 night
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.
On the 25th (Sun), head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with Zanzibar Tours & Safari.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, you will find days in Zanzibar City are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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Arusha, Tanzania

— 2 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
On the 26th (Mon), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Arusha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Arusha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zanzibar City in July, with highs in Arusha at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nairobi.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Nairobi, Kenya

— 4 nights

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, explore the galleries of Karen Blixen Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nairobi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Nairobi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 31st (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.

Madagascar travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.

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.

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.

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.

South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
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.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.