14 days in Africa Itinerary

14 days in Africa Itinerary

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14 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  23​h
1
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 15​min
4
Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 day
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the exciting artwork at Prime Art Gallery. On the next day, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Chicago, USA to Victoria Falls is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Victoria Falls: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

2
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): examine the collection at Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, examine the collection at Railway Museum, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Livingstone road trip planner.

Livingstone is very close to Victoria Falls. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Victoria Falls in October: highs in Livingstone hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum ©
Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum

1
night
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Savute Reserve.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Livingstone to Chobe National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Tanzanite Experience, examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre, and then look for gifts at Isle of Jewels.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Arusha trip website .

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Arusha in 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central African Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Museums Shopping
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Tanzanite Experience ©
Tanzanite Experience
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre
Isle of Jewels ©
Isle of Jewels

2
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
On the 21st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Serengeti Hippo Pool and then stroll through Serengeti National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Naabi Hill and then explore the striking landscape at Oldupai Gorge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Serengeti National Park trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Serengeti National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Arusha in October: high temperatures in Serengeti National Park hover around 63°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oldupai Gorge
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Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool
Naabi Hill
Naabi Hill

3
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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.
Popular historic sites such as Mtoni Palace Ruins and Christ Church Cathedral are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Matemwe (Scuba & Snorkeling & Matemwe Beach) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Paje). There's more to do: stop by Aromas of Zanzibar.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip site .

You can fly from Serengeti National Park to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Serengeti National Park in October, with highs in Zanzibar City at 88°F and lows at 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Matemwe, Mtoni Palace Ruins, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins

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