30 days in Africa Itinerary

30 days in Africa Itinerary

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30 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
3
Kampala, Uganda
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
7
Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
8
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
9
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

3
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Platteklip Gorge and Voelklip Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Het Vlock Casteel and Red Hot Glass. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai), Phillipskop Mountain Reserve (in Stanford) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Hermanus). There's still lots to do: stroll through St. James Beach, take a memorable drive along Victoria Road (M6), and enjoy the sand and surf at Scarborough Beach.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cape Town International Airport. July in Cape Town sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Red Hot Glass, Het Vlock Casteel, Voelklip Beach
Highlights from your plan
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Scarborough Beach ©
Scarborough Beach

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Take a break from the city and head to CARACAL Biodiversity Center and Serondela Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Boab Prison Tree, Kasane.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park day trip planning tool .

Getting from Cape Town to Chobe National Park by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve
Linyanti River ©
Linyanti River

3
nights
Kampala, Uganda

Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
Step out of the city life by going to Gorilla Bookings and Aero Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Victoria Mall and Kampala Fair. Step out of Kampala with an excursion to Munyonyo Beach in Munyonyo--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Rubaga-Kathedrale, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kampala attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chobe National Park to Kampala takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Central African Time (CAT) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Kampala sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Kampala

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Entebbe, Munyonyo Beach
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Baha'i Temple ©
Baha'i Temple
Victoria Mall ©
Victoria Mall

3
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
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.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Matemwe Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Christ Church Cathedral and Malindi Mosque. Change things up with a short trip to Kuza Cave in Jambiani (about 1h 05 min away). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shakti Temple, explore and take pictures at Tangawizi Spice Farm, and look for gifts at Fahari Zanzibar.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip planner .

Getting from Kampala to Zanzibar City by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Kampala in August, expect Zanzibar City to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Matemwe Beach, Kuza Cave
Highlights from your plan
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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.
On the 16th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at The Hub Karen, then contemplate the long history of Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, then look for gifts at Victorious Bone crafts, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Karura Forest.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nairobi vacation maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Nairobi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In August, Nairobi is slightly colder than Zanzibar City - with highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Outdoors Shopping Trails
Highlights from your plan
Karura Forest ©
Karura Forest
Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages ©
Victorious Bone crafts ©
Victorious Bone crafts

3
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ol Kinyei Conservancy and Safaris. Get outdoors at Mara Triangle and Musiara Swamp. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mara North Conservancy.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Maasai Mara National Reserve trip site .

You can fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Mara North Conservancy ©
Mara North Conservancy
Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp

2
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery and Railway Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Livingstone Reptile Park. Take a break from Livingstone with a short trip to Batoka Gorge in Kazungula, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays at Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum, take in the exciting artwork at The National Art Gallery, Livingstone, and make a trip to Mukuni Village.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Livingstone trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, bus, and flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Livingstone in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Central African Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Livingstone can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Livingstone

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mukuni Village, Batoka Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Livingstone Reptile Park ©
Livingstone Reptile Park
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Serengeti Hippo Pool and Grumeti River. Escape the urban bustle at Serengeti National Park and Oldupai Gorge. There's more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and explore the striking landscape at Naabi Hill.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park travel route planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Livingstone to Serengeti National Park. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Livingstone to Serengeti National Park due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oldupai Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool
Naabi Hill
Naabi Hill
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge

2
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, then browse the exhibits of Prime Art Gallery, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Siduli Hide and then buy something for everyone on your list at Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Serengeti National Park to Victoria Falls. Traveling from Serengeti National Park to Victoria Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Wildlife Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Victoria Falls Snake Park ©
Victoria Falls Snake Park

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