21 days in Africa Itinerary

21 days in Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
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Drive to Mpaka Station, Train to Machava, Fly to Vilanculos
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Drive
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Masvingo, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Bus to Harare, Fly to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (in Hartbeespoort).

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Johannesburg is little chillier than Amsterdam - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manzini.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 2 nights

Swaziland's largest town, Manzini bustles with financial and industrial activity, its inner center dominated by malls and offices.
On the 13th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of National Museum, steep yourself in history at Mantenga Cultural Village, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Gone Rural and then stop by Swazi Candles.

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

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Manzini takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. July in Manzini sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Vilanculos.
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Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Vilanculos, Mozambique — 3 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.
On the 15th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the ancient world of Manyikeni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos trip planner.

Getting from Manzini to Vilanculos by combination of car, train, and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Manzini in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Vilanculos, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Masvingo.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Masvingo, Zimbabwe — 1 night

Masvingo is a town in south-eastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo Province. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Great Zimbabwe National Monument and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kyle Recreational Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Masvingo road trip planner.

You can drive from Vilanculos to Masvingo in 11 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Masvingo when traveling from Vilanculos in July, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.
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Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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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 19th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll through The Big Tree, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then view the masterpieces at Tami Walker Gallery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Victoria Falls tour itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Masvingo to Victoria Falls in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Victoria Falls sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 1 night

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): stroll through Savute Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.
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Wildlife · Parks
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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.
On the 22nd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ngamiland East trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In July in Ngamiland East, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Stellenbosch.
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Stellenbosch, South Africa — 6 nights

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Explore hidden gems such as The Stellenbosch Village Museum and Dyer Island Cruises. Get some cultural insight at Spice Route Destination and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stellenbosch: Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Hermanus (Hermanus Cliff Path & Grotto Beach). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Peter Falke Winery.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Stellenbosch trip site.

Traveling by flight from Ngamiland East to Stellenbosch takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Ngamiland East in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Stellenbosch: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
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.
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Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

3.4
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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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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Zimbabwe travel guide

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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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Botswana travel guide

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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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