60 days in Africa Itinerary

60 days in Africa Itinerary

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Maputo, Mozambique
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 5 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Livingstone, Zambia
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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Kigali, Rwanda
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Bujumbura, Burundi
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Kampala, Uganda
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Mombasa, Kenya
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Maputo, Mozambique

— 2 nights

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
On the 2nd (Mon), hunt for treasures at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Inhaca Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, then admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, and finally take in the exciting artwork at CCFM - Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Maputo online visit planner.

Perth, Australia to Maputo is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Perth to Maputo. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Maputo when traveling from Perth in December, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Maputo

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

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.
Step out of Windhoek to go to Sossusvlei and see Deadvlei, which is approximately 5h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Windhoek visit planning website.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Windhoek takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Maputo in December since evenings lows in Windhoek dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Walvis Bay), Dorob National Park (in Gobabeb) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Swakopmund Jetty, take in the architecture and atmosphere at German Evangelical Lutheran Church, browse the exhibits of Swakopmund Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune 7.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Swakopmund trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Windhoek to Swakopmund in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Windhoek in December; daily highs in Swakopmund reach 27°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 2 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
When in Ngamiland East, make a side trip to see Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve, approximately Moremi Game Reserve away. Spend the 15th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Motsana Maun.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ngamiland East road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Ngamiland East takes 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Swakopmund to Ngamiland East. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Swakopmund in December, with highs in Ngamiland East at 39°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 5 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls online trip builder.

Getting from Ngamiland East to Victoria Falls by combination of flight, bus, and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Ngamiland East, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Victoria Falls, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. On the 21st (Sat), you're off to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, explore and take pictures at Gorge Swing, examine the collection at Railway Museum, and browse the exhibits of Livingstone Museum.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Livingstone journey planning site.

Livingstone is just a short distance from Victoria Falls. When traveling from Victoria Falls in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Livingstone: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Lilongwe, Malawi

— 2 nights
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Maula Cathedral and then look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Old Town Mall and then take in the awesome beauty at Nkhoma Mountain.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lilongwe road trip planning website.

You can fly from Livingstone to Lilongwe in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kigali.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Nature · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Kigali, Rwanda

— 5 nights
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
Change things up with a short trip to King's Palace Museum in Butare (about 2h 15 min away). Spend the 29th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Ntarama Church, and look for gifts at Abraham Konga.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kigali trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Lilongwe to Kigali takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

Bujumbura, Burundi

— 1 night
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
On the 2nd (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Monument de l'Unite and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rusizi National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Bujumbura day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kigali to Bujumbura takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kigali in January, Bujumbura is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can fly to Kampala.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Kampala, Uganda

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kampala: River Rafting & Tubing (in Jinja), Katwe Tourism Information Centre (in Queen Elizabeth National Park) and Mount Sabinyo (in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park). And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Rubaga-Kathedrale, and look for gifts at Uganda Crafts 2000 Limited.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Kampala trip builder app.

You can fly from Bujumbura to Kampala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bujumbura to Kampala is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bujumbura in January since evenings lows in Kampala dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nairobi.

Things to do in Kampala

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

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.
Nairobi is known for parks, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, browse the exhibits of Nairobi National Museum, hike along Ngong Hills, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Central Island National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Kampala to Nairobi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kampala in January, plan for little chillier nights in Nairobi, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

Arusha, Tanzania

— 5 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Change things up with a short trip to Mt Meru in Arusha National Park (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, get into the urban bustle at Cultural Arts Centre, examine the collection at The Tanzanite Experience, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Masai Central Market.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Arusha tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Arusha takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Arusha are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zanzibar City: Paje Beach (in Paje), Nungwi (Nungwi Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, stop by Aromas of Zanzibar, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City holiday builder site.

Fly from Arusha to Zanzibar City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In January, Zanzibar City is a bit warmer than Arusha - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Mombasa.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

Mombasa, Kenya

— 6 nights
Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Explore Mombasa's surroundings by going to Diani Beach (in Diani Beach), Gede (Arabuko-Sokoke Forest & Gede Ruins) and Local Ocean Conservation (in Watamu). Spend the 26th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and stop by Imani Collective.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mombasa trip planner.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Mombasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Mombasa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:

Mozambique travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Flea Markets
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rwanda travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.

Burundi travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Historic Sites · Monuments
Heart of Africa
Though landlocked, Burundi provides plenty of chances to spend time close to the water, with the capital located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Tourism in Burundi focuses primarily on the capital and the natural areas and traditional towns just outside it, with pristine lakeside beaches to explore, along with tribal villages protecting centuries-old traditions. Civil war affected the country's economy and devastated its population between 1993 and 2005. Political unrest and violence began again in 2015.

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.

Kenya travel guide

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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

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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.