20 days in Africa Itinerary

20 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa trip planner

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 1 night
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 2 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.
Step out of Johannesburg with an excursion to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and try your luck at Montecasino.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg online vacation planner.

Durban to Johannesburg is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, Johannesburg is little chillier than Durban - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Cheetah's Rock and then step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Coins Shop, admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), then explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve.

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Fly from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, you will find days in Zanzibar City are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

Arusha, Tanzania

— 1 night
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
On the 17th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Masai Central Market, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and then examine the collection at Isle of Jewels.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Arusha driving holiday app.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Arusha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Zanzibar City in June: high temperatures in Arusha hover around 25°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 17:

Lilongwe, Malawi

— 1 night
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Maula Cathedral and then look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lilongwe day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Lilongwe takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Arusha to Lilongwe is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Harare.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:
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Harare, Zimbabwe

— 1 night

Sunshine City

Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the striking features of Eastgate Centre and then get to know the resident critters at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Harare trip planner.

Getting from Lilongwe to Harare by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Harare are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Harare

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Livingstone, Zambia

— 2 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
On the 20th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, and then explore and take pictures at Gorge Swing. On your second day here, examine the collection at Railway Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the Livingstone trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Harare to Livingstone by combination of flight and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Livingstone when traveling from Harare in June, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Livingstone

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 3 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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Victoria Falls Snake Park, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, and get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls trip tool.

Victoria Falls is just a stone's throw from Livingstone. Traveling from Livingstone in June, you will find days in Victoria Falls are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are little chillier (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 24:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 2 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
On the 25th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park online itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Windhoek.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 1 night
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 (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Windhoek vacation planner.

Fly from Chobe National Park to Windhoek in 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Chobe National Park to Windhoek is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Windhoek are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Windhoek

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:

Cape Town, South Africa

— 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip planning site.

You can fly from Windhoek to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Windhoek in June: highs in Cape Town hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
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.

Malawi travel guide

4.2
Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · 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.

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.

Botswana travel guide

3.7
Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.

Namibia travel guide

4.1
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.