26 days in Africa Itinerary

26 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly to Victoria Falls, Drive to Livingstone
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 3 nights
Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Gaborone
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa — 8 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Bring the kids along to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Robben Island Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Franschhoek Motor Museum and Dorp Street. Venture out of the city with trips to Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden & The Stellenbosch Village Museum) and Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum & Senechal-Senekal Art Gallery). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, cruise along Chapman's Peak Drive, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town day trip planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cape Town is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in January, with highs in Cape Town at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Windhoek.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches
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Windhoek, Namibia — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): look for gifts at Wecke & Voigts, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Windhoek online trip builder.

Getting from Cape Town to Windhoek by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Windhoek. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Livingstone.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Livingstone, Zambia — 3 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Explorer Club and Livingstone Crocodile Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Livingstone Museum and Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and see the interesting displays at Railway Museum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Livingstone road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Livingstone takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Windhoek in January, expect nights in Livingstone to be somewhat warmer, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Gaborone.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
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Gaborone, Botswana — 4 nights

Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Christ the King Cathedral and Jamia Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at ISKCON Gaborone and National Museum. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of Maroon Tours & Safaris, admire nature's extreme beauty at Khutse Game Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, and stroll through Gaborone Game Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gaborone attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Livingstone to Gaborone takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. January in Gaborone sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 7 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.
Get some cultural insight at Union Buildings and Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Krugersdorp (Boer War Blockhouse & Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve), Kruger House Museum (in Pretoria) and Lesedi Cultural Village (in Lanseria). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, examine the collection at SAB World of Beer, immerse yourself in nature at Alberts Farm, and contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner.

You can fly from Gaborone to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Gaborone in January, you will find days in Johannesburg are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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