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
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island Museum and Castle of Good Hope. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Kwaaiwater (in Hermanus) and Gansbaai (African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary & Shark Diving). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, stroll through Platteklip Gorge, and get to know the fascinating history of Maclear's Beacon.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the Cape Town online trip itinerary maker.

Calgary, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 9 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Calgary in January; daily highs in Cape Town reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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 Umdloti Beach and Umhlanga Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Diving and Golden Mile. Change things up with these side-trips from Durban: The Buddhist Retreat Centre (in Ixopo), Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa - Day Pass (in Mid Illovo) and Pietermaritzburg (Tatham Art Gallery & KwaZulu-Natal Museum). Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at uShaka Marine World. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Nelson Mandela Capture Site, take in the exciting artwork at Makiwa Gallery, stop by Awesome Africa, and trek along Monks Cowl.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Durban road trip planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Durban by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Durban, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral, browse the exhibits of National Museum, try your luck 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): 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.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Maseru trip planner.

Getting from Durban to Maseru by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durban in February, with highs in Maseru at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks · Historic Sites · Casinos · Museums

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Mandela House. Get some cultural insight at Apartheid Museum and Liliesleaf. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Spas (in Benoni), 7th Heaven Scuba (in Krugersdorp) and Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (The Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Cave). Spend the 17th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, see the interesting displays at Lindfield Victorian House Museum, identify plant and animal life at Regent Safaris, and try your luck at Montecasino.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Maseru to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Namib Desert and Big Daddy Dune. Go for a jaunt from Namib-Naukluft Park to Gobabeb to see Gobabeb Desert Research Station about 1h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Kuiseb Pass and explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Namib-Naukluft Park trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Namib-Naukluft Park in 6 hours. Other options are to 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. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Namib-Naukluft Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks · Nature · 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of Swakopmund with an excursion to Off-Road Tours in Walvis Bay--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Long Beach Leisure Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of German Evangelical Lutheran Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7, and look for gifts at Karakulia Weavers.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund trip planner.

You can drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Swakopmund can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, see the interesting displays at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Christuskirche, and finally stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Windhoek trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Swakopmund to Windhoek by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Swakopmund, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Golf

Livingstone, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Get outdoors at Victoria Falls and Livingstone Crocodile Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Livingstone Museum and Railway Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Batoka Gorge in Kazungula (about 1h 55 min away). There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, soothe aching muscles at Namakau's Health Spa, examine the collection at Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum, and admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Livingstone tour itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Livingstone in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Windhoek to Livingstone, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Windhoek in February: highs in Livingstone hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 6th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Victoria Falls Snake Park, browse the different shops at Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village, and look for gifts at Cultural Vibes Music Shop.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Victoria Falls online trip itinerary maker.

Victoria Falls is just a short distance from Livingstone. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Livingstone in March since evenings lows in Victoria Falls dip to 21°C. You'll set off for Matobo National Park - The Matopos on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take an exotic tour of African Wanderer Safaris and then contemplate the long history of Matobo Hills.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Matobo National Park - The Matopos trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Victoria Falls to Matobo National Park - The Matopos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Matobo National Park - The Matopos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Lokobe Nature Special Reserve. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ambaro Ranch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot, and head off the coast to Nosy Sakatia.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nosy Be trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Nosy Be with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Nosy Be. Traveling from Matobo National Park - The Matopos in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Nosy Be: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get outside with 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, make a trip to Maison de Jean Laborde, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Photographie de Madagascar.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Antananarivo online vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Nosy Be to Antananarivo takes 4 hours. Traveling from Nosy Be in March, expect Antananarivo to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 19°C. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Get outdoors at Rising Sun Dive Center and Nungwi Beach. House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zanzibar City: Panamwe Tours & Safaris (in Pwani Mchangani) and Paje Beach (in Paje). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, stop by Zanzibar taxi driver excursion, experience rural life at Shabuta Spice Farm, and explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip maker.

You can fly from Antananarivo to Zanzibar City in 9.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Antananarivo in March; daily highs in Zanzibar City reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly 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.
Get in touch with nature at Climbing Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and examine the collection at The Tanzanite Experience.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Arusha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Arusha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City in March, expect Arusha to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough 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.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area online trip planner.

Getting from Arusha to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by car takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Moshi.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks · Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W., see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Mama Africa Giftshop. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Moshi day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Moshi takes 5 hours. You will leave for home on the 28th (Mon).

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

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.

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.