26 days in Africa Itinerary

26 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa journey planner

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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 2 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours, Walvis Bay Waterfront, &more). There's much more to do: head off-road at Desert Explorers, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty, and browse the exhibits of Swakopmund Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Swakopmund trip maker app.

Paris, France to Swakopmund is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in March; daily highs in Swakopmund reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Elim Dunes and then take in breathtaking views at Sesriem Canyon. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Namib-Naukluft Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers, then admire the striking features of Christuskirche, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, and finally stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve. On your second day here, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, browse the exhibits of National Museum of Namibia, and then tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Windhoek day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Namib-Naukluft Park to Windhoek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in March, expect nights in Windhoek to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Gaborone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

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, admire the landmark architecture of National Assembly Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Balaji Temple, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gaborone online trip builder.

Getting from Windhoek to Gaborone by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 2 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East trip app.

You can fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ngamiland East to Victoria Falls by combination of flight, bus, and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Harare.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 19:

Harare, Zimbabwe

— 2 nights

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.
On the 20th (Sat), stroll through Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lion and Cheetah Park. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with The Shona Sculpture Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mukuvisi Woodlands.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Harare tour website.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Harare takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Harare when traveling from Victoria Falls in March, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Harare

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Lilongwe, Malawi

— 3 nights
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Take a break from Lilongwe with a short trip to Chongoni Rock-Art Area in Dedza, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, pause for some photo ops at World War I Memorial, stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka, and stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lilongwe tour website.

You can fly from Harare to Lilongwe in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Mulanje.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Mulanje, Malawi

— 2 nights
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. On the 25th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mulanje online visit planner.

Getting from Lilongwe to Mulanje by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In March, daily temperatures in Mulanje can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mulanje

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

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.

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.

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.