20 days in Africa Itinerary

20 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa tour planner

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Fly to Windhoek, Drive to Swakopmund
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours & Dolphin & Whale Watching). The adventure continues: stroll through Dune 7, explore the galleries of Swakopmund Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Swakopmund tour itinerary builder site.

Brussels, Belgium to Swakopmund is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Brussels in December, with highs in Swakopmund at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Cape Town, South Africa

— 6 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 in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Point.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner.

You can fly from Swakopmund to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Swakopmund to Cape Town. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then see some colorful creatures with 7th Heaven Scuba. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Gaborone.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Gaborone, Botswana

— 3 nights
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Maroon Tours & Safaris, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ the King Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Gaborone, and shop like a local with Botswanacraft.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gaborone online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Gaborone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Johannesburg in January, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Gaborone

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 5 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.
Spend the 7th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls trip planner.

Getting from Gaborone to Victoria Falls by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Gaborone, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Victoria Falls, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

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.

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.

Botswana travel guide

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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.

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.