36 days in Africa Itinerary

36 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa trip itinerary planner

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Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paje, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly to Dar es Salaam, Train to Mikumi National Park
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Mikumi National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Maclear, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive to Lilongwe International Airport, Fly to South Luangwa National Park
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
— 1 night
Fly
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to Amsterdam

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Nairobi, Kenya

— 5 nights

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Get in touch with nature at Karura Forest and Photography Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kenyatta International Conference Center. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. There's more to do: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and browse the different shops at The Hub Karen.

Make your Nairobi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nairobi is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in January, with highs in Nairobi at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 4 nights
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kendwa Beach and Off-Road Tours. Step out of the city life by going to The Safari Blue and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral and walk around Forodhani Gardens.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City journey builder app.

You can fly from Nairobi to Zanzibar City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in January; daily highs in Zanzibar City reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paje.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Paje, Tanzania

— 3 nights
Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Get outdoors at Jambiani Beach and Paje Scooter Rent. Explore hidden gems such as Rising Sun Dive Center and Jozani Forest. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Paje Beach.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paje online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Zanzibar City to Paje takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kilimanjaro National Park.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania

— 2 nights
On the 17th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilimanjaro National Park trip site.

Traveling by flight from Paje to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

— 2 nights
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the activities along Mara River and then stroll through Retima Hippo Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Kilimanjaro National Park to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. January in Serengeti National Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 2 nights
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip planner.

Traveling by car from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Mikumi National Park on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:
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Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): head outdoors with Mikumi Park.

Plan my trip to Mikumi National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Mikumi National Park in 11 hours. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Cape Maclear.

Things to do in Mikumi National Park

Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
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Cape Maclear, Malawi

— 1 night
Cape Maclear or Chembe is a town in the Mangochi District of Malawi's Southern Region. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): head outdoors with Thumbi View Lodge Activities.

Plan my trip to Cape Maclear with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mikumi National Park to Cape Maclear. The time zone difference when traveling from Mikumi National Park to Cape Maclear is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to South Luangwa National Park.

Things to do in Cape Maclear

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at the Bush-Spa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our South Luangwa National Park holiday planning app.

Explore your travel options from Cape Maclear to South Luangwa National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in South Luangwa National Park

Spas
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 4 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Visiting Chobe Day Trips and CARACAL Biodiversity Center will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Serondela Reserve.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park itinerary planner.

Fly from South Luangwa National Park to Chobe National Park in 10.5 hours. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel to Etosha National Park.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

Etosha National Park, Namibia

— 1 night
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 31st (Mon), make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Etosha National Park trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Etosha National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chobe National Park to Etosha National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Etosha National Park

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve. There's still lots to do: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Wecke & Voigts, and hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Windhoek attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Etosha National Park to Windhoek with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Windhoek are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

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.
Visiting Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and African Exodus Safaris will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Spas & Wellness. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip maker app.

Getting from Windhoek to Victoria Falls by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:

Zanzibar Island travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.

Lake Malawi National Park travel guide

3.8
Scuba & Snorkeling