56 days in Africa Itinerary

56 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 30 nights
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Calvinia, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Keetmanshoop, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 5 nights
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Francistown, Botswana
— 1 night
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 7 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 30 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Stellenbosch (Yonder Hill Wine Estate, Waterford Estate, &more), West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek Motor Museum, &more). Spend the 20th (Wed) on the water with Hooked On Africa Fishing Charters. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, get great views at Cape Point, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town route builder.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Cape Town at 27°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Calvinia.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries

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Calvinia, South Africa

— 7 nights
Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. Explore Calvinia's surroundings by going to Nieuwoudtville (Protea Motors, Vanrhynspas, &more), Klawer Cellars (in Klawer) and Clanwilliam (Heerenlogement, Pakhuis Pass, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Fred Turner Windpump Museum, get engrossed in the history at Calvinia Museum, stroll through Akkerendam Nature Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Calvinia Post Box.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Calvinia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Calvinia takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Calvinia, with highs around 31°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Keetmanshoop.

Things to do in Calvinia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

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Keetmanshoop, Namibia

— 3 nights
Keetmanshoop is a city in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia, lying on the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Upington in South Africa. Change things up with these side-trips from Keetmanshoop: Garub Pan (in Aus) and /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park (in Fish River Region). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garas Park Camp, have fun at Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground, contemplate the geological forces at Brukkaros, and admire the engineering at Naute Dam Viewpoint.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Keetmanshoop trip maker.

Getting from Calvinia to Keetmanshoop by car takes about 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Calvinia to Keetmanshoop is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Calvinia in November, expect Keetmanshoop to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Windhoek.

Things to do in Keetmanshoop

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Fun & Games

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Windhoek, Namibia

— 5 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.
Spend the 13th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche, explore the galleries of National Museum of Namibia, stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, and tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Windhoek online trip builder.

Drive from Keetmanshoop to Windhoek in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Francistown.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Tours
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Francistown, Botswana

— 1 night

Capital of the North

Follow the trail of the 19th-century gold rush to the "Capital of the North," the regional commercial center of Francistown.
On the 17th (Wed), try to win big at Marang Casino and then relax in the rural setting at Kuminda Farm.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Francistown trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Windhoek to Francistown. Traveling from Windhoek to Francistown, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will leave for Lusaka on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Francistown

Fun & Games · Casinos
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Lusaka, Zambia

— 7 nights
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Go for a jaunt from Lusaka to Chilanga to see Munda Wanga Environmental Park about 32 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. There's much more to do: get outside with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, take in the exciting artwork at Namwane Art Gallery, buy something for everyone on your list at Eastpark Mall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalimba Reptile Park.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Lusaka attractions planning website.

Explore your travel options from Francistown to Lusaka with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

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