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).

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip maker tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Johannesburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Amsterdam in August since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manzini.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Gone Rural and then stop by Swazi Candles.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manzini trip planner.

Traveling by car from Johannesburg to Manzini takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. August in Manzini sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vilanculos.
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Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks
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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 9th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then delve into the distant past at Manyikeni. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and flight from Manzini to Vilanculos takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Manzini in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Vilanculos. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Masvingo.
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Masvingo, Zimbabwe — 1 night

Masvingo is a town in south-eastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo Province. On the 12th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Great Zimbabwe National Monument and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kyle Recreational Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Masvingo online trip maker.

You can drive from Vilanculos to Masvingo in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Masvingo when traveling from Vilanculos in August, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Big Tree, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the galleries of Tami Walker Gallery, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Victoria Falls planning website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Masvingo to Victoria Falls in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Victoria Falls sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
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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 15th (Mon): stroll through Savute Reserve.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park journey builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel 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.
On the 16th (Tue), stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East vacation builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In August, daily temperatures in Ngamiland East can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Stellenbosch Village Museum and Peter Falke Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Hermanus (Hermanus Cliff Path & Grotto Beach), Dyer Island Cruises (in Gansbaai) and Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay). Dedicate the 19th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Spice Route Destination.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Stellenbosch trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ngamiland East to Stellenbosch in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Ngamiland East in August, expect nights in Stellenbosch to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are colder, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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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

3.5
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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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

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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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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