31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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31 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h
7
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Maputo, Mozambique
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Walvis Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, look for gifts at Die Muschel, and see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Swakopmund trip itinerary tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Swakopmund is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in December, plan for much warmer days in Swakopmund, with highs around 27°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Spitzkoppe
Highlights from your plan
Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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.
Windhoek is known for museums, parks, wildlife, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Deadvlei, take in breathtaking views at Fish River Canyon Nationalpark, stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Windhoek driving holiday planning website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Swakopmund to Windhoek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Swakopmund in December: high temperatures in Windhoek hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fish River Canyon Nationalpark, Deadvlei
Highlights from your plan
Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, outdoors, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga and don't miss a visit to Boab Prison Tree, Kasane.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Chobe National Park road trip planner .

You can fly from Windhoek to Chobe National Park in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

2
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Okavango Delta. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Okavango River.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East day trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

3
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, theme parks, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace), stop by Botswanacraft, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gaborone tour builder app .

Traveling by flight from Ngamiland East to Gaborone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Ngamiland East, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Gaborone, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Gaborone

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers
Highlights from your plan
Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone

1
night
Vilanculos, Mozambique

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vilanculos travel planner.

Fly from Gaborone to Vilanculos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Gaborone in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Vilanculos, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Tofo, Mozambique

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
On the 11th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Barra Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tofo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and car from Vilanculos to Tofo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Tofo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Barra Beach, Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto ©
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
Barra Beach ©
Barra Beach

4
nights
Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo ©
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.
Maputo is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, have fun at Club de tenis de Maputo, stroll around Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo), and see the interesting displays at Museu dos CFM.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Maputo trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Tofo to Maputo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Maputo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Maputo

Parks Shopping Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Inhaca Island ©
Inhaca Island
Paroquia Santo Antonio ©
Paroquia Santo Antonio
Museu dos CFM ©
Museu dos CFM

8
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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Clifton Beaches, identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip planning website .

Getting from Maputo to Cape Town by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Maputo in January, things will get a bit cooler in Cape Town: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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