22 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 night
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
Shuttle to Nelspruit, Fly to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights


Cape Town, South Africa — 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Point, take in the awesome beauty at Signal Hill, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and enjoy the sand and surf at Camp's Bay Beach.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Cape Town are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Maseru.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries
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Maseru, Lesotho — 1 night

Founded in 1869 by the British, Lesotho's main city--Maseru--lies on the border with South Africa on a plateau surrounded by red hills.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maluti Mountains, then admire the engineering at Katse Dam, and then contemplate the long history of Thaba-Bosiu National Monument.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Maseru trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Maseru in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then try your luck at Montecasino, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Sandton City. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try to win big at Gold Reef City.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Johannesburg online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Maseru to Johannesburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Maseru in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Johannesburg, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ezulwini.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trip
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Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 1 night

Valley of Heaven

Removed from the bigger and busier parts of the country, Ezulwini Valley represents a quiet place where visitors can relax but at the same time discover the wildlife that spreads across this region.
On the 11th (Mon), try to win big at Happy Valley Casino and then contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ezulwini trip planner.

Drive from Johannesburg to Ezulwini in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, Ezulwini is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 16°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Victoria Falls.
Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 4 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.
Spend the 13th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and look for gifts at Cultural Vibes Music Shop.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls online travel route planner.

Getting from Ezulwini to Victoria Falls by combination of shuttle, flight, and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Ezulwini in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Victoria Falls: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · 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 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East online road trip planner.

Getting from Victoria Falls to Ngamiland East by combination of car, bus, and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip
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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.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Savute Reserve and walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Windhoek.
Parks · Wildlife
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Windhoek, Namibia — 2 nights

Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
On the 21st (Thu), sample the fine beverages at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Windhoek day trip planning app.

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Windhoek in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chobe National Park to Windhoek. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

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.

Lesotho travel guide

Biking Trails · Dams · Waterfalls
Kingdom in the Sky
Mountainous Lesotho lends itself well to an adventurous holiday itinerary. Entirely located above 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in elevation, the country enjoys a cool climate with around 300 days of sunshine each year. Explorations of the mountains form the backbone of many Lesotho holidays. Remote villages located way up in the highlands, only accessible on foot or by horseback, offer a glimpse into the country's authentic culture with their lively markets, traditional eateries, and musical traditions.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

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.

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.

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.

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.