57 days in Africa Itinerary

57 days in Africa Itinerary

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57 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Bristol, United Kingdom
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Arusha, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
+3
Drive + bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  16​h 15​min
End: Bristol, United Kingdom

5
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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 Karura Forest and Mugie Ranch. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Central Island National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, stop by Matbronze Wildlife Art, and see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nairobi planning app .

Bristol, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern African Time is 3 hours. June in Nairobi sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Central Island National Park, Mugie Ranch
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 3:
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Safaris
Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages ©

6
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Photography Tours and Ngurdoto Crater. Take a break from Arusha with a short trip to Kikuletwa Hotsprings in Moshi, about 2 hours away. Make the 5th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 6th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre, take a stroll around Cultural Arts Centre, admire all the interesting features of Amani Children's home & Village visit, and look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nairobi to Arusha in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Arusha can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kikuletwa Hotsprings
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 9:
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Climbing Tours
Photography Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cheetah's Rock and Kendwa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zanzibar City: Paje (Paje Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Jambiani Beach (in Jambiani). The adventure continues: stroll through Nakupenda Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, explore and take pictures at Tangawizi Spice Farm, and look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zanzibar City trip builder website .

Fly from Arusha to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Arusha in July, with highs in Zanzibar City at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Paje, Jambiani Beach, Kendwa Beach
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 15:
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

6
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ukutula Lion Park and Voortrekker Monument. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to The Oval (in Centurion), Zipline (in Rustenburg) and Union Buildings (in Pretoria). The adventure continues: make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Randburg Raceway, and ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Zanzibar City to Johannesburg, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zanzibar City in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Johannesburg, with highs around 22°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, Zipline, Jack Friedman Eastgate, Ukutula Conservation Center
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:
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Ukutula Conservation Center ©
Ukutula Conservation Center
Nelson Mandela Square ©
Nelson Mandela Square
Zipline

4
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Explore hidden gems such as Victoria Falls and Kayaking & Canoeing. On the 23rd (Thu), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Mukuni Village, get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum, and see the interesting displays at Railway Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Livingstone vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Johannesburg to Livingstone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Livingstone, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Livingstone Museum ©
Livingstone Museum

6
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Walking tours. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls online tour itinerary planner .

Victoria Falls is just a stone's throw from Livingstone. Traveling from Livingstone in July, Victoria Falls is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:
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Safaris
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Okavango Delta and Okavango River. When in Ngamiland East, make a side trip to see Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve, approximately 1h 05 min away.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Victoria Falls to Ngamiland East takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Savute Reserve and Serondela Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chobe National Park vacation planner.

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 travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

4
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Deadvlei and Safaris. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon Nationalpark, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, and admire all the interesting features of Okapuka Ranch.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Windhoek visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Chobe National Park to Windhoek takes 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Windhoek can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Fish River Canyon Nationalpark, Deadvlei
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

4
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of Swakopmund to go to Damaraland and see Spitzkoppe, which is approximately 2 hours away. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7, examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at German Evangelical Lutheran Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Swakopmund in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Windhoek in August, you will find days in Swakopmund are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Spitzkoppe
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing
Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe

6
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and The Franschhoek Motor Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Franschhoek Pass (in Franschhoek) and Grotto Beach (in Hermanus). There's still lots to do: get great views at Cape of Good Hope, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Swakopmund to Cape Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Swakopmund, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Chapman's Peak Drive, Wine Tours & Tastings, Grotto Beach
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 21:
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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