29 days in Africa Itinerary

29 days in Africa Itinerary

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Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to Amsterdam

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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 4th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove Mall of Namibia, then tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve. On your second day here, look for gifts at Herrle & Herma Jewellers, stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, and then sample the fine beverages at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Windhoek attractions planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Windhoek is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. In January, Windhoek is much warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Swakopmund.
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Parks · Wildlife · Golf · Breweries & Distilleries
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Swakopmund, Namibia — 2 nights

Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
On the 6th (Fri), look for gifts at Die Muschel and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then stroll through Dune 7.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Swakopmund online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Windhoek to Swakopmund in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Windhoek in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Swakopmund: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas
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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Cape Point, kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches, look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town online vacation planner.

Getting from Swakopmund to Cape Town by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Swakopmund to Cape Town. Traveling from Swakopmund in January, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Maputo.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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Maputo, Mozambique — 2 nights

City of Acacias

Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, look for gifts at Daqui! Produtos Regionais, see the interesting displays at Museu dos CFM, then admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, and finally view the masterpieces at CCBM - Centro Cultural Brasil-Mocambique. Here are some ideas for day two: get close to the beloved marine mammals with Mozambique Scuba, make a trip to Jumma Masjid, and then admire the natural beauty at Tunduru Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Maputo trip planner.

Getting from Cape Town to Maputo by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in January: high temperatures in Maputo hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to Tofo.
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Tofo, Mozambique — 2 nights

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
On the 16th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Massagem Tropical and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Tofo trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Maputo to Tofo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 4 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.
When in Johannesburg, make a side trip to see Lion and Safari Park in Broederstroom, approximately Broederstroom away. Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Jack Friedman Sandton City, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and try your luck at Montecasino.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip site.

You can fly from Tofo to Johannesburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tofo in January; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Gaborone.
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Fun & Games · Casinos · Theme Parks · 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.
Gaborone is known for parks, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Maroon Tours & Safaris, buy something for everyone on your list at Riverwalk Mall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Somarelang Tikologo (Environment Watch Botswana).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Gaborone road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Gaborone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, expect nights in Gaborone to be a bit warmer, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly to Victoria Falls.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 6 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 28th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge, cast your line with Sherlanga Safaris, and stroll through Siduli Hide.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Victoria Falls trip planner.

You can fly from Gaborone to Victoria Falls in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Gaborone in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Victoria Falls, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Namibia travel guide

4.2
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.
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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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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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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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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.2
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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