31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa trip planner

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
Fly
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and First South African Perfume Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Bee and Kie (in Kleinmond), Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens (in Betty's Bay) and Franschhoek (Eikehof, Franschhoek Motor Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Cape Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town trip planner.

Denver, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from Denver, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 9:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Walking tours. Spend the 11th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Cape Town to Victoria Falls in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Cape Town in September: highs in Victoria Falls hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Victoria Falls and Walking tours. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park, explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village, and explore the galleries of Livingstone Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Livingstone trip planner.

Livingstone is just a short distance from Victoria Falls. When traveling from Victoria Falls in September, plan for slightly colder days in Livingstone, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 4 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Step off the beaten path and head to NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Okavango River. Step out of Ngamiland East to go to Moremi Game Reserve and see Moremi Wildlife Reserve, which is approximately 1 hour away.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East tour app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Livingstone to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Livingstone in September, expect nights in Ngamiland East to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 92°F. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:

Etosha National Park, Namibia

— 2 nights
For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll through Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Etosha National Park journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Etosha National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ngamiland East to Etosha National Park. You will leave for Damaraland on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Damaraland, Namibia

— 1 night
On the 24th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Twyfelfontein.

To plan Damaraland vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Etosha National Park to Damaraland. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Damaraland

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
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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.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the fascinating landscape at Big Daddy Dune. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes and then explore the stunning scenery at Sesriem Canyon.

Find out how to plan Namib-Naukluft Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Damaraland to Namib-Naukluft Park in 4 hours. In September in Namib-Naukluft Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Off-Road Tours. When in Swakopmund, make a side trip to see Walvis Bay Waterfront in Walvis Bay, approximately Walvis Bay away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Hohenzollernhaus, browse for treasures at Peter's Antiques, since 1983, and stroll through Dune 7.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Swakopmund online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

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.

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.

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.