31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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31 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Maseru, Lesotho
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
3
Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
4
Tofo, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Newark, United States

6
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (National Library of South Africa, Hennops Mountain Bike Trail, &more) and Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, admire all the interesting features of Constitution Hill, browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate, and learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip planning site .

Newark, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Johannesburg. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Newark in May since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Maseru.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Randburg Raceway Indoor Karting, Ukutula Conservation Center, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

2
nights
Maseru, Lesotho

Maseru ©
Founded in 1869 by the British, Lesotho's main city--Maseru--lies on the border with South Africa on a plateau surrounded by red hills.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains, steep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, and then make a trip to Morija Museum & Archives. On the next day, admire the engineering at Mohale Dam, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace, and then see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Maseru trip planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Maseru in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Johannesburg in May, plan for slightly colder days in Maseru, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Simunye.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Morija Museum & Archives
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Katse Dam ©
Katse Dam
Maluti Mountains ©
Maluti Mountains
Morija Museum & Archives ©
Morija Museum & Archives

1
night
Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Simunye ©
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Hlane Royal National Park. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lebombo Mountains.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Simunye day trip planning app .

You can drive from Maseru to Simunye in 9 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Simunye

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Lebombo Mountains, Hlane Royal National Park
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Hlane Royal National Park ©
Hlane Royal National Park
Lebombo Mountains ©
Lebombo Mountains

1
night
Tofo, Mozambique

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
On the 13th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Barra Beach and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Praia do Tofo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tofo itinerary planner.

Getting from Simunye to Tofo by car takes about 9 hours. May in Tofo sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mulanje.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Barra Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Barra Beach ©
Barra Beach
Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo

1
night
Mulanje, Malawi

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mulanje.

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Getting from Tofo to Mulanje by combination of flight and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In May in Mulanje, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 63°F at night. On the 16th (Sat), you're off to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Mulanje

Parks Nature
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

3
nights
Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Step out of Lilongwe with an excursion to Chongoni Rock-Art Area in Dedza--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, don't miss a visit to Kumbali Cultural Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maula Cathedral, and stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lilongwe planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Mulanje to Lilongwe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chongoni Rock-Art Area
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Chongoni Rock-Art Area ©
Chongoni Rock-Art Area
Maula Cathedral ©
Maula Cathedral

5
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Siduli Hide, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls road trip planner.

Getting from Lilongwe to Victoria Falls by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Safaris
Helicopter Tours

7
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, examine the collection at District Six Museum, trek along Platteklip Gorge, and admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planning website .

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Victoria Falls in May, you will find days in Cape Town are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

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