16 days in Africa Itinerary

16 days in Africa Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Nkhata Bay, Malawi
— 1 day
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Beira, Mozambique
— 1 day
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya

— 2 nights

Green City in the Sun

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages and GP Karting. Get in touch with nature at Giraffe Centre and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 14th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nairobi travel route builder app.

London, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Nairobi is 3 hours. In August in Nairobi, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ngurdoto Crater and Isle of Gems. Get outdoors at Climbing Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Spend the 17th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arusha tour planner.

Fly from Nairobi to Arusha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. August in Arusha sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nkhata Bay.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Nkhata Bay, Malawi

— 1 day
Nkhata Bay or just Nkhata is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. On the 20th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kande Beach.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nkhata Bay attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Arusha to Nkhata Bay with the Route module. The time zone changes from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, Nkhata Bay is little chillier than Arusha - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Beira.

Things to do in Nkhata Bay

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Beira, Mozambique

— 1 day
Beira is the third largest city in Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Beira Cathedral and then enjoy the sea views from Macuti Lighthouse and Shipwreck.

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Getting from Nkhata Bay to Beira by car takes about 19 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nkhata Bay in August: high temperatures in Beira hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Beira

Historic Sites
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Maputo, Mozambique

— 1 night

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Costa do Sol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, and then get to know the fascinating history of Praca Independence Praça da Independência.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Maputo tour itinerary planning site.

Fly from Beira to Maputo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Maputo when traveling from Beira in August, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Malkerns.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Malkerns, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Mantenga Nature Reserve, then steep yourself in history at Mantenga Cultural Village, then trek along Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally look for gifts at Amarasti.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Malkerns journey builder site.

You can drive from Maputo to Malkerns in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Maputo in August, with highs in Malkerns at 27°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Malkerns

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 5 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 outdoors at Ukutula Conservation Center and Sterkfontein Cave. Get some historical perspective at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct and Union Buildings. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in Brits, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 25th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, stop by Amatuli Artefacts, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and enjoy some diversion at RollEgoli.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg day trip app.

You can drive from Malkerns to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Malkerns in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Johannesburg. You will leave for home on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 28:

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.