57 days in Africa Itinerary

57 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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Arusha, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
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Drive to Livingstone, Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Central Island National Park and Karura Forest. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 30th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, explore the galleries of Nairobi National Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, and stroll the grounds of Nairobi War Cemetery.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nairobi holiday planner.

Bristol, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Bristol to Nairobi due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Nairobi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Arusha.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 3:

Arusha, Tanzania

— 6 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Tanzanite Experience and Shanga & Shanga Foundation. Take a break from Arusha with a short trip to Kikuletwa Hotsprings in Moshi, about 2h 15 min away. Make the 5th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 9th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Ngurdoto Crater, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a stroll around Cultural Arts Centre, and examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre.

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

You can fly from Nairobi to Arusha in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 9:

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Paje Beach and Jambiani Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Zanzibar City side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Paje) and Kendwa Beach (in Kendwa). And it doesn't end there: stop by Aromas of Zanzibar, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve, shop like a local with Tangawizi Spice Farm, and explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City online day trip planner.

Getting from Arusha to Zanzibar City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Arusha in July, with highs in Zanzibar City at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 15:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ukutula Conservation Center and Voortrekker Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Zipline (in Rustenburg), Union Buildings (in Pretoria) and The Oval (in Centurion). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and try your luck at Montecasino.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg journey builder site.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Johannesburg by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zanzibar City to Johannesburg is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Zanzibar City in July, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Livingstone.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games · Museums · Casinos · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Victoria Falls and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Livingstone Museum, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Livingstone trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Livingstone takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Livingstone when traveling from Johannesburg in July, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Victoria Falls trip planner.

Victoria Falls is just a short distance from Livingstone. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Livingstone in July since evenings lows in Victoria Falls dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 3 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Step off the beaten path and head to NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring at Okavango River.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East online travel planner.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and flight from Victoria Falls to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 3 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Savute Reserve and Serondela Reserve. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at CARACAL Biodiversity Center and stroll around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Chobe National Park itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Deadvlei and NamibRand Nature Reserve. Spend the 8th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christuskirche, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, and look for gifts at Herrle & Herma Jewellers.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Windhoek day trip website.

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Windhoek in 4 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chobe National Park to Windhoek due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7, take in the views from Swakopmund Jetty, stop by Karakulia Weavers, and explore the galleries of Swakopmund Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Swakopmund trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Swakopmund takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Windhoek in August, expect nights in Swakopmund to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Franschhoek Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Franschhoek Motor Museum (in Franschhoek) and Grotto Beach (in Hermanus). The adventure continues: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, stroll through Signal Hill, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town route builder app.

You can fly from Swakopmund to Cape Town in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Swakopmund in August, you will find days in Cape Town are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 21:

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.

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.

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
Waterfalls · 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.