30 days in Africa Itinerary

30 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 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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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 5 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, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Point.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip builder.

Denver, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Cape Town, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Denver in September: highs in Cape Town hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly to Maputo.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:

Maputo, Mozambique

— 3 nights

City of Acacias

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.
Maputo is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get close to the beloved marine mammals with Mozambique Scuba, see the interesting displays at Museu dos CFM, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, and admire the natural beauty at Tunduru Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Maputo trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Maputo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Maputo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maputo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 4 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.
Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to Voortrekker Monument (in Pretoria) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). Spend the 12th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and learn insider's secrets on Time Anchor Distillery.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Johannesburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Maputo in September, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 3 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Step out of Ngamiland East to go to Moremi Game Reserve and see Moremi Wildlife Reserve, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 15th (Wed) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Safari Specialists.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East trip app.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Ngamiland East in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in September; daily highs in Ngamiland East reach 92°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

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 21st (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and car from Ngamiland East to Victoria Falls in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, get a dose of the wild on The Explorer Club, get a taste of the local shopping with Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery, and soothe aching muscles at Namakau's Health Spa.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Livingstone travel itinerary planner.

Livingstone is very close to Victoria Falls. While traveling from Victoria Falls, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Livingstone, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 3 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.
Spend the 28th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, learn more about the world around you at Geological Survey Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, and tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Windhoek road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Livingstone to Windhoek in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Livingstone to Windhoek due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Livingstone in September since evenings lows in Windhoek dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

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.

Mozambique travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Islands
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.

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.

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.

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.