18 days in Africa Itinerary

18 days in Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to Amsterdam

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Johannesburg, South Africa — 4 nights

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.
Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, try your luck at Emperors Palace, and find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Johannesburg vacation planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Maputo.
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Casinos · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums
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Maputo, Mozambique — 1 night

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 27th (Sat), admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, then get engrossed in the history at Fortaleza of Maputo, then take a memorable tour with Mozambique Scuba, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tunduru Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Maputo travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Maputo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in August; daily highs in Maputo reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tofo.
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Tofo, Mozambique — 1 night

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 28th (Sun): kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tofo route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Tofo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Vilanculos.
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Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
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Vilanculos, Mozambique — 2 nights

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Tofo to Vilanculos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Vilanculos can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Ngamiland East.
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 2 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ngamiland East trip planner.

Getting from Vilanculos to Ngamiland East by flight takes about 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vilanculos in August: highs in Ngamiland East hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 2 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Serondela Reserve and then stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Victoria Falls.
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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: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Planning Victoria Falls trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Mozambique travel guide

4.1
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.
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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.
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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.
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