19 days in Africa Itinerary

19 days in Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and SAB World of Beer. Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Hartbeespoort to see Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Origins Centre Museum, examine the collection at Lindfield Victorian House Museum, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Amsterdam in June since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 5°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manzini.
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Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 3 nights

Swaziland's largest town, Manzini bustles with financial and industrial activity, its inner center dominated by malls and offices.
On the 2nd (Sat), surround yourself with nature on Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre, then contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Manzini Market, then pause for some serene contemplation at Swaziland Islamic Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Mantenga Nature Reserve.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Manzini trip builder app.

Drive from Johannesburg to Manzini in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daytime highs in Manzini are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Maputo.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Casa de Ferro (The Iron House) and Fortaleza of Maputo. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tunduru Botanical Gardens, view the masterpieces at Fundacao Fernando Leite Couto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jumma Masjid, and admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Maputo online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Manzini to Maputo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Manzini in July, expect Maputo to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Gaborone.
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Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
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Gaborone, Botswana — 2 nights

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
On the 7th (Thu), take an exotic tour of Maroon Tours & Safaris and then appreciate the history behind Three Chiefs' Statues. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gaborone online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Gaborone takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Maputo in July, plan for slightly colder days in Gaborone, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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 9th (Sat): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Mosu Safari Tours and then stop by Motsana Maun.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ngamiland East sightseeing tool.

You can fly from Gaborone to Ngamiland East in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Gaborone in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Ngamiland East, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 3 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Livingstone Trails. There's more to do: stroll through Serondela Reserve.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel to Victoria Falls.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, stroll through The Big Tree, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

3.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.
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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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