60 days in Africa Itinerary

60 days in Africa Itinerary

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60 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
1
Maputo, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Lusaka, Zambia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Bujumbura, Burundi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Watamu, Kenya
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
6
Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Nairobi, Kenya
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 8 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Arusha, Tanzania
— 6 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h
10
Moshi, Tanzania
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
11
Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
12
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
nights
Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Matola Raid Memorial and National Money Museum. Get outdoors at Praia da Costa do Sol and Xefina Pequena. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museu dos CFM, view the masterpieces at CCFM - Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano, admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, and see human ingenuity at work at Barragem dos Pequenos Libombos.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Maputo travel route planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Maputo is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, things will get a bit warmer in Maputo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Matola Raid Memorial
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:
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Praia da Costa do Sol ©
Praia da Costa do Sol
Museu dos CFM ©
Museu dos CFM
Mesquita da Baixa ©
Mesquita da Baixa

2
nights
Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo ©
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo and then stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Bazaruto.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tofo day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Tofo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Tofo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
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Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto ©
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto

4
nights
Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka ©
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.
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka and Chilenje House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Lusaka National Park and Parays Game Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jame Mosque, hunt for treasures at Pakati Sunday Market, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kapishya Hot Springs, and appreciate the history behind Freedom Statue.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lusaka online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Tofo to Lusaka takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kapishya Hot Springs
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 5:
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Parays Game Ranch ©
Parays Game Ranch
Lusaka National Park ©
Lusaka National Park
Kapishya Hot Springs ©
Kapishya Hot Springs

2
nights
Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura ©
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Monument de l'Unite and then admire the sheer force of Karera Waterfalls. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Regina Mundi Cathedral and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reptile Park (Parc des Reptiles).

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bujumbura online holiday maker .

You can fly from Lusaka to Bujumbura in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Bujumbura are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Karera Waterfalls
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Regina Mundi Cathedral ©
Regina Mundi Cathedral
Monument de l'Unite ©
Monument de l'Unite

5
nights
Watamu, Kenya

Hailed for its picturesque scenery and pristine beaches, the village of Watamu on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline attracts both adventure seekers and those looking for a relaxing seaside holiday.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Spiaggia delle Tartarughe. Step off the beaten path and head to Isola dell'Amore and Good Samaritan Nature and Culture Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Watamu: Kilifi (Mnarani Ruins (Museum) & 3 Degrees South). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Local Ocean Conservation: Watamu Turtle Watch, experience rural life at Bio-Ken Snake Farm, make a trip to Malindi, and delve into the lush surroundings at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Watamu vacation planning site .

You can fly from Bujumbura to Watamu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bujumbura to Watamu. In September in Watamu, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kilifi, Gede
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Isola dell'Amore ©
Isola dell'Amore

5
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mombasa Marine National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Mombasa Memorial Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mombasa: Diani Beach (Swim with Dolphins & Colobus Conservation). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nyali Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk, and contemplate the long history of Jumba la Mtwana.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mombasa online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Watamu to Mombasa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Watamu in September, Mombasa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Mombasa

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Diani Beach, Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Nyali Beach ©
Nyali Beach

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages and Nairobi Mosques. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sigona Golf Club. Take a break from Nairobi with a short trip to Mount Longonot in Maai Mahiu, about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Karura Forest, play a few rounds at Muthaiga Golf Club, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Cathedral.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nairobi trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Mombasa to Nairobi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, Nairobi is slightly colder than Mombasa - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nairobi

Outdoors Tours Golf

Side Trips

Mount Longonot, Sigona Golf Club
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:
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Karura Forest ©
Karura Forest
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mount Longonot ©
Mount Longonot

8
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.
Mtoni Palace Ruins and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Paje Scooter Rent. Venture out of the city with trips to Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe), Kuza Cave (in Jambiani) and Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Malindi Mosque, and relax in the rural setting at Zanzibar Spices and Heritage Centre.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Zanzibar City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Nairobi in September, things will get a bit warmer in Zanzibar City: highs are around 35°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Paje, Kuza Cave, Matemwe Beach, Mnemba Atoll
Find places to stay Sep 23 — Oct 1:
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Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave

6
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha ©
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 Safaris and Engaruka. Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Old Boma Museum, play a few rounds at The Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate, look for gifts at House Of Gems, and get outside with Kili Dreamers.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Arusha trip planning tool .

Fly from Zanzibar City to Arusha in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zanzibar City in October, with highs in Arusha at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Arusha National Park
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 7:
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Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
Moshi, Tanzania

Moshi ©
Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kessy Brothers Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ascend Tanzania and Chagga Museum. Go for a jaunt from Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park to see Mount Kibo about 1h 50 min away. There's more to do: stop by Mama Africa Curio and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Plan a Moshi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Arusha to Moshi by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Chagga Museum, Mount Kibo
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:
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Ascend Tanzania ©
Ascend Tanzania
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kessy Brothers Tours ©
Kessy Brothers Tours

5
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Livingstone Reptile Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Helicopter Tours. When in Livingstone, make a side trip to see Batoka Gorge in Kazungula, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum, view the masterpieces at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery, get outside with Angle Zambia, and don't miss a visit to Gorge Swing.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Livingstone holiday builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Livingstone in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moshi to Livingstone. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Mukuni Village, Batoka Gorge
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:
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Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Serondela Reserve and Linyanti River.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chobe National Park travel route builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Livingstone to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Linyanti River ©
Linyanti River

4
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Okavango River and Lake Ngami. Get in touch with nature at Okavango Delta and Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In October, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
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Okavango River ©
Okavango River
Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve

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