20 days in Africa Itinerary

20 days in Africa Itinerary

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20 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Otjiwarongo, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Sesriem, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
9
Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Platteklip Gorge and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Twelve Apostles and Helderberg Nature Reserve. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bloubergstrand Beach, step off the mainland to explore Seal Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, and see the interesting displays at The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning app .

Brussels, Belgium to Cape Town is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. In September in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge
Kayaking & Canoeing
Helderberg Nature Reserve ©
Helderberg Nature Reserve

2
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by Motsana Maun and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Okavango Delta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Okavango River.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ngamiland East trip itinerary site .

Fly from Cape Town to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: highs in Ngamiland East hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Okavango Delta ©
Okavango Delta
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

1
night
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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 28th (Sat): play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove Mall of Namibia, then stroll through Avis Dam Nature Reserve, and finally examine the collection at Owela Museum.

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

You can fly from Ngamiland East to Windhoek in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ngamiland East in September: high temperatures in Windhoek hover around 34°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Golf Outdoors Parks
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Avis Dam Nature Reserve ©
Avis Dam Nature Reserve
Owela Museum ©
Owela Museum
The Grove Mall of Namibia ©
The Grove Mall of Namibia

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.
On the 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha Pan.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Etosha National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Etosha National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Otjiwarongo.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through REST - Rare & Endangered Species Trust, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah Conservation Fund, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Africat.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Otjiwarongo attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Etosha National Park to Otjiwarongo with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Otjiwarongo

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

2
nights
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 1st (Tue), stop by Karakulia Weavers, then walk around Long Beach Leisure Park, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Snake Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moon Landscape.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Swakopmund trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Otjiwarongo to Swakopmund in 4 hours. When traveling from Otjiwarongo in September, plan for much colder days in Swakopmund, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Long Beach Leisure Park, Moon Landscape
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Snake Park ©
Snake Park

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 3rd (Thu), take a memorable drive along Spreetshoogte Pass and then take in breathtaking views at Kuiseb River.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Namib-Naukluft Park online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel to Sesriem.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Scenic Drive Parks Nature
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Spreetshoogte Pass ©
Spreetshoogte Pass
Kuiseb River ©
Kuiseb River

1
night
Sesriem, Namibia

Sesriem
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Namib-Naukluft National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sesriem day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Sesriem

Parks Nature
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Namib-Naukluft National Park
Namib-Naukluft National Park

3
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Victoria Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Livingstone Reptile Park. Go for a jaunt from Livingstone to Kazungula to see Batoka Gorge about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, see the interesting displays at Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum, head outdoors with Angle Zambia, and view the masterpieces at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Livingstone road trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Sesriem to Livingstone with the Route module. In October in Livingstone, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Mukuni Village, Batoka Gorge
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Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
River Rafting & Tubing
Helicopter Tours

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