19 days in Africa Itinerary

19 days in Africa Itinerary

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19 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Otjiwarongo, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

4
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore hidden gems such as Hermanus Cliff Path and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay), SANSA Space Science (in Hermanus) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Motor Museum & First South African Perfume Museum). There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, don't miss a visit to Flying Dutchman Funicular, and head off the coast to Seal Island.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Cape Town is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Cape Town. In September, daytime highs in Cape Town are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hermanus, Franschhoek, Wine Tours & Tastings, Stony Point Penguin Colony
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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

2
nights
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Namib-Naukluft Park ©
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.
On the 27th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Big Daddy Dune ©
Big Daddy Dune

1
night
Swakopmund, Namibia

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.
On the 29th (Sun), stroll through Dune 7, stop by Die Muschel, see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Swakopmund online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Swakopmund are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Dune 7
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Safaris
Swakopmund Museum ©
Swakopmund Museum
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Damara Living Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Twyfelfontein.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Damaraland sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Damaraland

Historic Sites Museums
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Damara Living Museum ©
Damara Living Museum

1
night
Otjiwarongo, Namibia

Otjiwarongo ©
When touring Namibia's famous national parks and reserves, you can opt to base your trip in Otjiwarongo, a laid-back town boasting a number of attractions of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Cheetah Conservation Fund, tour the pleasant surroundings at REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Africat.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Otjiwarongo road trip planner.

You can drive from Damaraland to Otjiwarongo in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Otjiwarongo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

Wildlife Parks
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Cheetah Conservation Fund ©
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Africat ©
Africat

1
night
Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park ©
For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole and then stroll through Etosha Pan.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Etosha National Park tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Otjiwarongo to Etosha National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Etosha Pan ©
Etosha Pan
Okaukuejo waterhole ©
Okaukuejo waterhole

1
night
Windhoek, Namibia

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 3rd (Thu): stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Windhoek trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Etosha National Park to Windhoek takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Windhoek are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): make a trip to Boab Prison Tree, Kasane and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Serondela Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Linyanti River.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park tour builder website .

You can fly from Windhoek to Chobe National Park in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

1
night
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
On the 6th (Sun), look for gifts at Motsana Maun and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Okavango Delta.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Okavango Delta ©
Okavango Delta

3
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 7th (Mon): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then head outdoors with Angle Zambia.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Livingstone day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Ngamiland East to Livingstone takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. When traveling from Ngamiland East in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Livingstone, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

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