43 days in Africa Itinerary

43 days in Africa Itinerary

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43 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Cardiff, United Kingdom
train + Fly:  12​h
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Moshi, Tanzania
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Pemba Island, Tanzania
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
11
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
12
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 30​min
End: Cardiff, United Kingdom

5
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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.
Nairobi is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House, examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, and stroll through Giraffe Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nairobi tour planning tool .

Cardiff, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Nairobi is 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Nairobi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Central Island National Park, Kereita Forest, Mugie Ranch
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

5
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 24th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. Spend the 26th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, stroll through Musiara Swamp, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Maasai Mara National Reserve trip app .

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp

3
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
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.
Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Seronera. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Serengeti National Park, explore the activities along Grumeti River, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Serengeti National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

1
night
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
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.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip planner .

Getting from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

1
night
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Tarangire National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tarangire National Park vacation maker .

You can drive from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park in 5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Tarangire National Park are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Tarangire National Park ©
Tarangire National Park

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Kilimanjaro in Kilimanjaro National Park (about 1h 45 min away). Spend the 6th (Thu) on two wheels at Ascend Tanzania. There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the landscape on two wheels at Origin Trails, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Moshi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Tarangire National Park to Moshi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Kilimanjaro
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Climbing Tours
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Safaris

2
nights
Pemba Island, Tanzania

Pemba Island ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Misali island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ngezi Forest Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Pemba Flying Fox Forest and then head off the coast to Pemba Island.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pemba Island trip planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Pemba Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island
Misali island ©
Misali island
Pemba Flying Fox Forest ©
Pemba Flying Fox Forest

4
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: Nungwi (Scuba & Snorkeling & Nungwi Beach) and Paje Beach (in Paje). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

Discover how to plan a Zanzibar City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Pemba Island to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Pemba Island in August, expect nights in Zanzibar City to be slightly colder, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nungwi, Zanzibar Island, Paje Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

3
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, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, view the masterpieces at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Livingstone day trip planner.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Livingstone by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time to Central African Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zanzibar City in August, things will get slightly colder in Livingstone: highs are around 27°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, outdoors, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Savute Reserve and walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Livingstone to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

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
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Namib-Naukluft Park ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Namib-Naukluft Park side-trips: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Walvis Bay) and Gobabeb (Dorob National Park & Gobabeb Desert Research Station). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Kuiseb Pass.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Namib-Naukluft Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Chobe National Park to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 9.5 hours. August in Namib-Naukluft Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gobabeb, Kuiseb Pass, Kayaking & Canoeing
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
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Dorob National Park ©
Dorob National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Gobabeb Desert Research Station ©
Gobabeb Desert Research Station

6
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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Cape Point, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lion's Head.

Plan trip to Cape Town with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Namib-Naukluft Park to Cape Town takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Cape Town, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

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