21 days in Africa Itinerary

21 days in Africa Itinerary

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Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia

— 4 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Christuskirche and St Mary's Catholic Cathedral. Do your shopping at Namibia Craft Centre and Pure & Simple Art Gallery. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Cuno Hoffmeister Memorial Observatory, and see the interesting displays at Owela Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Windhoek online sightseeing planner.

Birmingham, UK to Windhoek is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Birmingham to Windhoek, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Birmingham in October, plan for much hotter days in Windhoek, with highs around 38°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 3 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Explore hidden gems such as Mosu Safari Tours and Okavango River. Get in touch with nature at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Gcwihaba Caves. Go for a jaunt from Ngamiland East to Moremi Game Reserve to see Khwai Concession about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Ngami and stop by Motsana Maun.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ngamiland East, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Ngamiland East takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Windhoek in October: high temperatures in Ngamiland East hover around 41°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 3 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Victoria Falls. You'll explore and learn at Livingstone Museum and Railway Museum. There's still lots to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, view the masterpieces at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery, examine the collection at Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Livingstone journey builder app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ngamiland East to Livingstone in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. While traveling from Ngamiland East, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Livingstone, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Livingstone

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Nungwi Beach and Kiwengwa Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Uroa Bay and Tazari Caves. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Vanora Zanzibar, take an in-depth tour of Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel), and view the masterpieces at Cultural Arts Gallery.

To see photos and other tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip planning tool.

Fly from Livingstone to Zanzibar City in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 1 hour. In October in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Get some cultural insight at The Tanzanite Experience and Arusha Village Experience. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cultural Arts Centre. There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at AIM Mall, see Off-Road Tours, and get outside with Kili Dreamers.

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Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Arusha takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zanzibar City in November, with highs in Arusha at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Nairobi, Kenya

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages and Nairobi Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, browse the exhibits of Karen Village, buy something for everyone on your list at The Hub Karen, and examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nairobi day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Arusha to Nairobi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

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.

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.

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.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Geologic Formations · Beaches · Safaris
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.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.