50 days in Africa Itinerary

50 days in Africa Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Cape Town
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 12 nights
Fly
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sesriem, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive
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Gobabeb, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Damaraland, Namibia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Victoria Falls, Zambia
— 4 nights
Drive to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, Fly to Bristol

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Cape Town, South Africa

— 12 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get outdoors at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape Point. Venture out of the city with trips to Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum & Franschhoek Pass), Gansbaai (African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary & Shark Diving) and West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park). There's lots more to do: hike along Platteklip Gorge, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, whizz through the canopy at Abseil Africa, and take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape Town route planner.

Bristol, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bristol to Cape Town. In March in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 27:

Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Big Daddy Dune and Kuiseb Pass. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Deadvlei and admire nature's extreme beauty at Dune 45 Sossusvlei.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Namib-Naukluft Park trip planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Namib-Naukluft Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Namib-Naukluft Park is minus 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sesriem.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

Sesriem, Namibia

— 1 night
Sesriem is a small settlement located in the Namib Desert, in Namibia, close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then explore the striking landscape of Namib-Naukluft National Park.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sesriem trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Sesriem takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Gobabeb.

Things to do in Sesriem

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

Gobabeb, Namibia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gobabeb Desert Research Station and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dorob National Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gobabeb trip planner.

You can drive from Sesriem to Gobabeb in 3.5 hours. In March in Gobabeb, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Gobabeb

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 6 nights
Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Visiting Safaris and Dune 7 will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing, Off-Road Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Long Beach Leisure Park, cast your line with a fishing tour, and browse the exhibits of Swakopmund Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Swakopmund driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Gobabeb to Swakopmund takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Swakopmund are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Damaraland.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:

Damaraland, Namibia

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brandberg Mountain, appreciate the history behind Twyfelfontein, and then browse the exhibits of Damara Living Museum. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Spitzkoppe.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Damaraland day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Swakopmund to Damaraland takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Swakopmund in April, Damaraland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Windhoek.

Things to do in Damaraland

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to NamibRand Nature Reserve and Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve. The adventure continues: tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers, learn more about the world around you at Geological Survey Museum, and make a trip to Heroes Acre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Windhoek trip maker.

Getting from Damaraland to Windhoek by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Damaraland in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Windhoek, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Gaborone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 16:

Gaborone, Botswana

— 6 nights
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Visiting Khwai Concession and Mokolodi Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ the King Cathedral, get outside with Kgale Hill, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Find out how to plan Gaborone trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Gaborone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Gaborone due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Windhoek in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gaborone: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 22:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 3 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Take a break from the city and head to NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring at Okavango River.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East trip itinerary website.

Fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Gaborone in April, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in Ngamiland East: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 3 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Escape the urban bustle at CARACAL Biodiversity Center and Savute Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga, walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park, and admire all the interesting features of Boab Prison Tree.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Victoria Falls, Zambia

— 4 nights
Victoria Falls is a town in the province of Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. Step out of Victoria Falls with an excursion to Batoka Gorge in Kazungula--about 2h 15 min away. There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. In April in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:

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.

Botswana travel guide

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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.