32 days in Africa Itinerary

32 days in Africa Itinerary

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32 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
5
Kampala, Uganda
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
6
Arusha, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
8
Mombasa, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Voelklip Beach and St. James Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Platteklip Gorge and Het Vlock Casteel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (in Gansbaai), Red Hot Glass (in Suider Paarl) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Hermanus). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, explore and take pictures at Victoria Road (M6), and kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cape Town International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hermanus, Red Hot Glass, Phillipskop Mountain Reserve, Het Vlock Casteel, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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.
On the 4th (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at 44 Stanley, see the interesting displays at Lindfield Victorian House Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Standard Bank Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Satyagraha House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Hyde Park Corner, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, browse the exhibits of Everard Read Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at I was shot in Joburg, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of the south.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg vacation site .

You can fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in August, expect nights in Johannesburg to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Shopping Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
44 Stanley ©
44 Stanley
Lindfield Victorian House Museum ©
Lindfield Victorian House Museum
Satyagraha House ©
Satyagraha House

4
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Visiting Okavango Delta and Lake Ngami will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Okavango River and Walking Stick Travel & Tours.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East trip site .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in August: high temperatures in Ngamiland East hover around 85°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Okavango River ©
Okavango River
Walking Stick Travel & Tours ©
Walking Stick Travel & Tours

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. Get in touch with nature at CARACAL Biodiversity Center and Linyanti River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Serondela Reserve.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park journey builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Munyonyo Beach and Aero Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Gorilla Bookings and Kampala Fair. Take a break from Kampala with a short trip to Victoria Mall in Entebbe, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i Temple, and don't miss a visit to Rubaga-Kathedrale.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kampala trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chobe National Park to Kampala takes 12 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chobe National Park to Kampala due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Kampala are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough 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
Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha ©
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Serengeti Heritage and Kili Dreamers. Head to AIM Mall and House Of Gemsfor some retail therapy. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Engaruka.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Kampala to Arusha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Arusha when traveling from Kampala in August, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Serengeti Heritage ©
Serengeti Heritage
AIM Mall ©
AIM Mall
House of Gems ©
House of Gems

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Scuba & Snorkeling. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aromas of Zanzibar and Dr Bulugu Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zanzibar City: Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe) and Kuza Cave (in Jambiani). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral and contemplate the long history of Mtoni Palace Ruins.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Zanzibar City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Arusha in August, with highs in Zanzibar City at 85°F and lows at 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mtoni Palace Ruins, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Matemwe Beach, Kuza Cave
Highlights from your plan
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

3
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary and Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Akamba Handicraft. Explore Mombasa's surroundings by going to Diani Beach (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Waterskiing & Jetskiing). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Mombasa Memorial Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Jumba la Mtwana, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mombasa tour itinerary website .

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Mombasa in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Mombasa can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Diani Beach, Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Nguuni Nature Sanctuary ©
Nguuni Nature Sanctuary

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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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mount Longonot. Do your shopping at The Hub Karen and Victorious Bone crafts. Make the 28th (Fri) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Karura Forest and steep yourself in history at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nairobi tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Mombasa to Nairobi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mombasa in August; daily highs in Nairobi reach 74°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Mount Longonot
Highlights from your plan
Karura Forest ©
Karura Forest
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mount Longonot ©
Mount Longonot

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