55 days in Africa Itinerary

55 days in Africa Itinerary

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Kampala, Uganda
— 6 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 6 nights
Fly to Eros, Shuttle to Swakopmund
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 7 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly to Chileka International Airport, Drive to Liwonde National Park
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Liwonde National Park, Malawi
— 2 nights
Drive to Chileka International Airport, Fly to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 7 nights
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Kampala, Uganda

— 6 nights
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.
Take a break from Kampala with a short trip to Off-Road Tours in Entebbe, about 54 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, steep yourself in history at Kasubi Tombs, and look for gifts at Kona.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kampala trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Kampala is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in January, with highs in Kampala at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Kampala

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 11:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 5 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Make the 13th (Wed) an unforgettable day with Safpar Rafting Company. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park, explore and take pictures at Gorge Swing, and take in the exciting artwork at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Livingstone trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Kampala to Livingstone takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kampala to Livingstone due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 6 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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls travel planner.

Victoria Falls is just a short distance from Livingstone. Traveling from Livingstone in January, you will find days in Victoria Falls are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 22:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 6 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: capture your vacation like a pro with Pangolin Photo Safaris, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Ngina Safaris, stroll through CARACAL Biodiversity Center, and make a trip to Boab Prison Tree.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Chobe National Park online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Walvis Bay (Photography Tours, Walvis Bay Waterfront, &more) and Dorob National Park (in Gobabeb). Spend the 4th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: see the top attractions with Ground Rush Adventures, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at German Evangelical Lutheran Church, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and kick back and relax at Long Beach Leisure Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Swakopmund holiday builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Chobe National Park to Swakopmund in 9.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Chobe National Park to Swakopmund, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Swakopmund, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 4:

Cape Town, South Africa

— 8 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cape Town route website.

Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Cape Town takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time to South Africa Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Swakopmund in February, you will find days in Cape Town are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 12:

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 6 nights

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Change things up with a short trip to Lion and Safari Park in Broederstroom (about 54 minutes away). Spend the 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, test your team's savvy at HintHunt, and try out the rides at Gold Reef City.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Johannesburg attractions planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Liwonde National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:

Liwonde National Park, Malawi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take a tour by water with Cruise Malawi - Day Adventures and then take an exotic tour of Shire Eco Safari Camp.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Liwonde National Park trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Johannesburg to Liwonde National Park with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Liwonde National Park when traveling from Johannesburg in February, with lows around 30°C. You will leave for Nairobi on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Liwonde National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Nairobi, Kenya

— 7 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.
Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 26th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, explore the different monuments and memorials at Nairobi War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Hub Karen.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Nairobi trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Liwonde National Park to Nairobi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Liwonde National Park to Nairobi. Traveling from Liwonde National Park in February, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Nairobi. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 27:

Uganda travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.

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.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

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.

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Malawi travel guide

4.2
Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
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.