34 days in Africa Itinerary

34 days in Africa Itinerary

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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 11 nights
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

— 2 nights
One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
Step out of the city life by going to Big Daddy Dune and Kuiseb Pass. Step off the beaten path and head to Sesriem Canyon and Elim Dunes.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park trip maker.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Namib-Naukluft Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Namib-Naukluft Park. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Namib-Naukluft Park are little chillier (27°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dune 7 and Safaris. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ground Rush Adventures will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours & Walvis Bay Waterfront). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Desert Explorers, explore the galleries of Swakopmund Museum, and stroll around Long Beach Leisure Park.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Swakopmund holiday planner.

You can drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund in 1.5 hours. In December in Swakopmund, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Cape Town, South Africa

— 11 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Take a break from the city and head to Helderberg Nature Reserve and Stoked School of Surf. Get some historical perspective at St. George's Cathedral and Groot Constantia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (in Stellenbosch), West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park) and Franschhoek (Eikehof, Franschhoek Motor Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: cross one thing off your bucket list with Mother City SkyDiving, take an unforgettable tour with Cape Town Helicopters, explore the activities along Noordhoek Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Chapman's Peak Drive.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Swakopmund to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Swakopmund to Cape Town is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Okavango Delta, Botswana

— 2 nights
Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Okavango Delta tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Okavango Delta takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in Okavango Delta at 39°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 2 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
On the 24th (Thu), head outdoors with Pangolin Photo Safaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park attractions planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Livingstone, Zambia

— 3 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Step out of the city life by going to The Explorer Club and Livingstone Crocodile Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safpar Rafting Company and Gorge Swing. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, examine the collection at Railway Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with The National Art Gallery, Livingstone.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Livingstone trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Livingstone with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lusaka.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Lusaka, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Explore hidden gems such as Chilenje House and Freedom Statue. Get outdoors at Parays Game Ranch and Southern Africa Freedom Trail. And it doesn't end there: get your bearings at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, get a taste of the local shopping with 37D Gallery, browse the different shops at Eastpark Mall, and examine the collection at Zambia National Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lusaka attractions planner.

You can fly from Livingstone to Lusaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Lusaka

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 4 nights
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.
Visiting Safaris and Loka Adventure will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Parque Nacional de Bazaruto. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic, delve into the distant past at Manyikeni, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vilanculos trip planner.

You can fly from Lusaka to Vilanculos in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Vilanculos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Tofo.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Tofo, Mozambique

— 1 night
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
On the 6th (Wed), stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo, and then take a pleasant ride with Cavalheiros Do Tofo.

Plan trip to Tofo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Vilanculos to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Namibia travel guide

4.2
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.

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.

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.

Mozambique travel guide

4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Islands
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.