60 days in Africa Itinerary

60 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly to Victoria Falls, Drive to Livingstone
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Fly to Bulawayo, Taxi to Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive to Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, Fly to Nosy Be
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 3 nights
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Antananarivo, Madagascar
— 2 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Moshi, Tanzania
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Robben Island Museum. Relax by the water at Clifton Beaches and Llandudno Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Gansbaai (African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary & Shark Diving) and Kwaaiwater (in Hermanus). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, indulge your senses at Amber Tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, and step into the grandiose world of Castle of Good Hope.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town day trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Calgary to Cape Town. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Calgary in April: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 28°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Durban.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Durban, South Africa

— 6 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Visit The Buddhist Retreat Centre and West Street Mosque for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Nelson Mandela Capture Site and Phansi Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Durban: Pietermaritzburg (Tatham Art Gallery & KwaZulu-Natal Museum), Aladdin's de-Light (in Nottingham Road) and Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass (in Mid Illovo). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World. The adventure continues: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Umhlanga Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Makaranga Garden Lodge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Durban trip planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Durban in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in April, Durban is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Maseru.

Things to do in Durban

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Maseru, Lesotho

— 2 nights
Founded in 1869 by the British, Lesotho's main city--Maseru--lies on the border with South Africa on a plateau surrounded by red hills.
On the 25th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral, browse the exhibits of National Museum, try to win big at Lesotho Sun Casino, contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, then see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maluti Mountains. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Mohale Dam, get a taste of the local shopping with Lesotho Co-operative Handicrafts, and then don't miss a visit to Morija Museum & Archives.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Maseru day trip planning website.

You can fly from Durban to Maseru in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durban in April, things will get a bit cooler in Maseru: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Apartheid Museum and South African National Museum of Military History. Popular historic sites such as Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Mandela House are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to 7th Heaven Scuba (in Krugersdorp), Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (The Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Cave) and Spas (in Benoni). Spend the 29th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Regent Safaris, examine the collection at Liliesleaf, take an in-depth tour of Hector Pieterson Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukutula Conservation Center.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg journey planner.

You can fly from Maseru to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Maseru, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Namib Desert and Elim Dunes. Step out of Namib-Naukluft Park with an excursion to Gobabeb Desert Research Station in Gobabeb--about 1h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating landscape at Big Daddy Dune and take a memorable drive along Kuiseb Pass.

Plan a Namib-Naukluft Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Fly from Johannesburg to Namib-Naukluft Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Namib-Naukluft Park: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Long Beach Leisure Park. Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Spend the 7th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7, take in the architecture and atmosphere at German Evangelical Lutheran Church, and look for gifts at Karakulia Weavers.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Swakopmund itinerary site.

You can drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund in 1.5 hours. In May in Swakopmund, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Windhoek.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Windhoek, Namibia

— 2 nights
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 9th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, then examine the collection at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Windhoek trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Windhoek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Windhoek can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Golf

Livingstone, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Let the collections at Livingstone Museum and Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Railway Museum and Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum. Go for a jaunt from Livingstone to Kazungula to see Batoka Gorge about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, take in the exciting artwork at The National Art Gallery, Livingstone, stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps and other tourist information, refer to the Livingstone trip builder website.

Getting from Windhoek to Livingstone by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Windhoek in May, expect nights in Livingstone to be a bit warmer, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Livingstone

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 16th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge, explore the galleries of Prime Art Gallery, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Victoria Falls trip builder app.

Victoria Falls is just a stone's throw from Livingstone. When traveling from Livingstone in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Victoria Falls, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. On the 19th (Wed), you'll travel to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe

— 2 nights
On the 20th (Thu), take an exotic tour of African Wanderer Safaris and then contemplate the long history of Matobo Hills.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Matobo National Park - The Matopos road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Victoria Falls to Matobo National Park - The Matopos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Matobo National Park - The Matopos can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Matobo National Park - The Matopos

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Nosy Be, Madagascar

— 3 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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Ambaro Ranch will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, step off the mainland to explore Nosy Sakatia, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nosy Be online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Nosy Be. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Nosy Be due to the time zone difference. In May, Nosy Be is a bit warmer than Matobo National Park - The Matopos - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. On the 24th (Mon), you're off to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Antananarivo, Madagascar

— 2 nights
Surrounded by verdant rice paddies, Madagascar's capital and the country's commercial and cultural hub, Antananarivo boasts a rich history and heritage, evident in its numerous historic buildings, colonial-era neighborhoods, and archaeological museums.
On the 25th (Tue), take an exotic tour of Lemur Tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambohimanga, and then take in the exciting artwork at Is´art Galerie. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo, then make a trip to Maison de Jean Laborde, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Photographie de Madagascar.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Antananarivo trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Nosy Be to Antananarivo in 4 hours. In May, Antananarivo is a bit cooler than Nosy Be - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 5 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery and Dr Bulugu Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hamamni Persian Baths and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib). Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Nungwi Beach (in Nungwi), Panamwe Tours & Safaris (in Pwani Mchangani) and Paje Beach (in Paje). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with Rising Sun Dive Center, kick back and relax at Nakupenda Beach, steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City journey app.

You can fly from Antananarivo to Zanzibar City in 9.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Antananarivo in May: high temperatures in Zanzibar City hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Arusha, Tanzania

— 3 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. Make the 3rd (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and examine the collection at The Tanzanite Experience.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip app.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Arusha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Zanzibar City in May: high temperatures in Arusha hover around 25°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 1 night
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area route site.

You can drive from Arusha to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Moshi.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Moshi, Tanzania

— 3 nights
Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W., get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore the galleries of Mama Africa Giftshop. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Moshi takes 5 hours. On the 7th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.

Lesotho travel guide

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Ski Areas · Dams · Waterfalls
Kingdom in the Sky
Mountainous Lesotho lends itself well to an adventurous holiday itinerary. Entirely located above 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in elevation, the country enjoys a cool climate with around 300 days of sunshine each year. Explorations of the mountains form the backbone of many Lesotho holidays. Remote villages located way up in the highlands, only accessible on foot or by horseback, offer a glimpse into the country's authentic culture with their lively markets, traditional eateries, and musical traditions.

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.

Zambia travel guide

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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
National Parks · 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.

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.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Geologic Formations · Beaches · Safaris
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.