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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (in Hartbeespoort) and Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site).

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Johannesburg vacation builder app.

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. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, Johannesburg is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manzini.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

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 29th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village, and then grab your bike and head to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Gone Rural and then look for gifts at Swazi Candles.

Make your Manzini itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Johannesburg to Manzini in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, expect nights in Manzini to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vilanculos.
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Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Trails
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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 1st (Fri), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then explore the ancient world of Manyikeni. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos journey 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 June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Vilanculos, with lows around 18°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Masvingo.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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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 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Great Zimbabwe National Monument and then explore the activities along Kyle Recreational Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Masvingo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Vilanculos to Masvingo takes 11 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Vilanculos in July since evenings lows in Masvingo dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.
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Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife · 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.
On the 5th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Big Tree, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then browse the exhibits of Tami Walker Gallery, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Masvingo to Victoria Falls in 7 hours. Other options are to 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 6th (Wed) 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Savute Reserve.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Explore your travel options from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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 8th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In July, daily temperatures in Ngamiland East can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough 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 Peter Falke Winery and The Stellenbosch Village Museum. Spice Route Destination and Fairview Wine and Cheese are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Stellenbosch: Hermanus (Hermanus Cliff Path & Grotto Beach), Stony Point Penguin Colony (in Betty's Bay) and Dyer Island Cruises (in Gansbaai). Dedicate the 11th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Waterford Estate.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Stellenbosch tour itinerary planning 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 a bit cooler days in Stellenbosch, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 15:

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

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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