43 days in Africa Itinerary

43 days in Africa Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Nairobi
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
Drive
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly
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Moshi, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Fly
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Pemba Island, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
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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.
Nairobi is known for parks, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, browse the exhibits of Karen Blixen Museum, and look for gifts at Utamaduni Craft Centre.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nairobi travel route website.

Cardiff, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Nairobi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

— 5 nights
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. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Maasai Mara National Reserve road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

— 3 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.
Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Seronera. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Grumeti River and tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Serengeti National Park online journey builder.

Getting from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 1 night
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), take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ngorongoro Conservation Area attractions planner.

You can drive from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your trip

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tarangire National Park.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tarangire National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Tarangire National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Moshi.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 2:
Highlights from your trip

Moshi, Tanzania

— 5 nights
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.
When in Moshi, make a side trip to see Mount Kilimanjaro in Kilimanjaro National Park, approximately Kilimanjaro National Park away. Spend the 5th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Mama Africa Giftshop, see the sights as you ascend with Ascend Tanzania, and take in the natural beauty of Kikuletwa Hotsprings.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Moshi vacation maker.

Fly from Tarangire National Park to Moshi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:

Pemba Island, Tanzania

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Sat), kick back and relax at Misali island and then take a peaceful walk through Ngezi Forest Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Pemba Flying Fox Forest and then head off the coast to Pemba Island.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pemba Island day trip planner.

Fly from Moshi to Pemba Island in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zanzibar City: Nungwi (Scuba & Snorkeling & Nungwi Beach) and Paje Beach (in Paje). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, contemplate the long history of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zanzibar City route maker app.

Traveling by flight from Pemba Island to Zanzibar City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pemba Island in August: highs in Zanzibar City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Livingstone.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 3 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, explore and take pictures at Gorge Swing, and get a taste of the local shopping with Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Livingstone, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Livingstone in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zanzibar City to Livingstone is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zanzibar City in August, expect Livingstone to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 3 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga and walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park planning app.

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

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Namib-Naukluft Park: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Walvis Bay) and Gobabeb (Dorob National Park & Gobabeb Desert Research Station). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Kuiseb Pass.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Namib-Naukluft Park holiday planning tool.

Getting from Chobe National Park to Namib-Naukluft Park by flight takes about 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Namib-Naukluft Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Cape Town.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

Cape Town, South Africa

— 6 nights

Mother City

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, contemplate the long history of Robben Island Museum, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cape Town online route planner.

You can fly from Namib-Naukluft Park to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park to Cape Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in August, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 28:

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

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.