40 days in Africa Itinerary

40 days in Africa Itinerary

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40 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Entebbe, Uganda
Drive:  1​h
1
Kampala, Uganda
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Arusha, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
3
Moshi, Tanzania
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Gaborone, Botswana
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Entebbe, Uganda

5
nights
Kampala, Uganda

Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jinja (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Cuupa Arts Gallery, & more) and Entebbe (Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, Kampala Fair (in Entebbe), & more). And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in the natural beauty of Katwe Tourism Information Centre, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the exciting artwork at Afriart Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kampala attractions app .

Entebbe to Kampala is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Kampala

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Jinja, Entebbe, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 25:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Safaris
Katwe Tourism Information Centre ©
Katwe Tourism Information Centre

5
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step out of Arusha to go to Arusha National Park and see Mt Meru, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation, see the interesting displays at Tanzanite Experience, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Arusha itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Kampala to Arusha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kampala in June, with highs in Arusha at 25°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mt Meru, Masai Central Market
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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Climbing Tours
Off-Road Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Moshi, Tanzania

Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kilimanjaro National Park (Mount Kilimanjaro & Nature & Wildlife Tours). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, browse for treasures at Mama Africa Giftshop, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Moshi tour itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Arusha to Moshi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kilimanjaro National Park
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:
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Climbing Tours
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Safaris

6
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zanzibar City: Paje Beach (in Paje), Kendwa Beach (in Kendwa) and Nungwi (Scuba & Snorkeling & Nungwi Beach). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar, and admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zanzibar City road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Zanzibar City are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Nungwi, Paje Beach, Kendwa Beach
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 11:
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

4
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, museums, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Livingstone day trip planning app .

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Livingstone in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zanzibar City to Livingstone due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Zanzibar City in July, with highs in Livingstone at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Livingstone Museum ©
Livingstone Museum

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, outdoors, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve and walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Livingstone to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

2
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Okavango River.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East day trip planning site .

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East in 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:
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Okavango River ©
Okavango River

5
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, theme parks, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, stop by Botswanacraft, don't miss a visit to Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers, and take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace).

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gaborone trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Ngamiland East to Gaborone by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Ngamiland East in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Mulanje.

Things to do in Gaborone

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Khwai Concession, Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:
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ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone
Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Trinity Church ©
Trinity Church

1
night
Mulanje, Malawi

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mulanje.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mulanje online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Gaborone to Mulanje takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Gaborone in July since evenings lows in Mulanje dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:
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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 to go to Dedza and see Chongoni Rock-Art Area, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain, look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka, don't miss a visit to Kumbali Cultural Village, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maula Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Lilongwe day trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Mulanje to Lilongwe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chongoni Rock-Art Area
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Chongoni Rock-Art Area ©
Chongoni Rock-Art Area
Maula Cathedral ©
Maula Cathedral

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