26 days in Africa Itinerary

26 days in Africa Itinerary

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26 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + bus + Drive + Fly:  5​h
2
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h
5
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Maputo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

4
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
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, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Victoria Falls trip itinerary tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Victoria Falls is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Victoria Falls, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Zipline

3
nights
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta ©
Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Step out of Okavango Delta with an excursion to Okavango River in Maun--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Spend the 8th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Okavango Delta vacation app .

Getting from Victoria Falls to Okavango Delta by combination of car, bus, and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bulawayo.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Ngamiland East
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

3
nights
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Bulawayo ©
A vacation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, offers a pleasant base for wider explorations of some of the country's national parks and game reserves.
Get some cultural insight at Matobo Hills and Bulawayo Railway Museum. Step out of Bulawayo to go to Matobo National Park - The Matopos and see Cecil Rhode's Burial Place, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Matobo National Park, delve into the distant past at Khami Ruins, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, and explore the world behind art at Bulawayo National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bulawayo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Okavango Delta to Bulawayo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Okavango Delta in August, expect nights in Bulawayo to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Matobo Hills ©
Matobo Hills
Matobo National Park ©
Matobo National Park

3
nights
Vilanculos, Mozambique

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Step out of Vilanculos with an excursion to Inhassoro Beach in Inhassoro--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bulawayo to Vilanculos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Bulawayo in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Vilanculos. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Inhassoro Beach
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo ©
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo, kick back and relax at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Barra Beach. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tofo trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Vilanculos to Tofo by combination of flight and car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Barra Beach, Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
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Parque Nacional de Bazaruto ©
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
Scuba & Snorkeling
Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo

3
nights
Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo ©
Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
Get some cultural insight at Paroquia Santo Antonio and Museu dos CFM. And it doesn't end there: walk around Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo), steep yourself in history at Matola Raid Memorial, shop like a local with CCBM - Centro Cultural Brasil-Mocambique, and admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Maputo trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Tofo to Maputo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Matola Raid Memorial
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Paroquia Santo Antonio ©
Paroquia Santo Antonio
Inhaca Island ©
Inhaca Island

6
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), Union Buildings (in Pretoria) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and steep yourself in history at Mandela House.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Johannesburg is a bit cooler than Maputo - with highs of 26°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sterkfontein Cave, RollEgoli, Ukutula Conservation Center, Union Buildings, Montecasino
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center

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