20 days in Africa Itinerary

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Fly to Windhoek, Drive to Swakopmund
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights


Swakopmund, Namibia — 3 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Off-Road Tours, Dune 7, &more). The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Platz Am Meer.

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Brussels, Belgium to Swakopmund is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Brussels in December, with highs in Swakopmund at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip
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Cape Town, South Africa — 6 nights

Mother City

Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, stroll through Platteklip Gorge, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

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Getting from Swakopmund to Cape Town by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Swakopmund to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. In December in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 2 nights

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then see some colorful creatures with 7th Heaven Scuba. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, and then take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct.

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Fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Gaborone.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trip
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Gaborone, Botswana — 3 nights

Gaborone is known for parks, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Maroon Tours & Safaris.

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Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Gaborone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, expect nights in Gaborone to be a bit warmer, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Victoria Falls.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Spas · Outdoors
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 5 nights

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, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Victoria Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Gaborone in January, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Victoria Falls: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Namibia travel guide

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.

South Africa travel guide

Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Botswana travel guide

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

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.