31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Ngamiland East
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 4 nights
Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Damaraland, Namibia
— 1 night
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights


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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stony Point Penguin Colony and Chapman's Peak Drive. Venture out of the city with trips to Bee and Kie (in Kleinmond), Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens (in Betty's Bay) and Franschhoek (Eikehof, Franschhoek Motor Museum, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Cape Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, trek along Platteklip Gorge, and meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium.

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Denver, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from Denver, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Victoria Falls.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Prime Art Gallery. Spend the 11th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Cape Town to Victoria Falls by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect nights in Victoria Falls to be a bit warmer, around 60°F, while days are much warmer, around 90°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Livingstone.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Livingstone, Zambia — 4 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Victoria Falls and Railway Museum. And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll through Livingstone Crocodile Park, explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Livingstone holiday planning site.

Livingstone is very close to Victoria Falls. Traveling from Victoria Falls in September, you will find days in Livingstone are little chillier (81°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.
Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 4 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Step off the beaten path and head to NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Okavango River. Step out of Ngamiland East to go to Moremi Game Reserve and see Moremi Wildlife Reserve, which is approximately 1 hour away.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East tour app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Livingstone to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Livingstone in September, expect nights in Ngamiland East to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 92°F. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Etosha National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip
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Etosha National Park, Namibia — 2 nights

For nature lovers, a trip to Etosha National Park seems like a dream: the vast salt desert houses hundreds of animal species, which roam the arid lands and gather near the many waterholes.
On the 22nd (Wed), stroll through Etosha and then don't miss a visit to Okaukuejo waterhole.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Etosha National Park journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Etosha National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ngamiland East to Etosha National Park. You will leave for Damaraland on the 23rd (Thu).
Wildlife · Parks
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Damaraland, Namibia — 1 night

On the 24th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Twyfelfontein.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Etosha National Park to Damaraland. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 2 nights

One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the fascinating landscape at Big Daddy Dune. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Elim Dunes and then explore the stunning scenery at Sesriem Canyon.

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You can drive from Damaraland to Namib-Naukluft Park in 4 hours. In September in Namib-Naukluft Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Swakopmund.
Nature · Parks
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Swakopmund, Namibia — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Off-Road Tours. When in Swakopmund, make a side trip to see Walvis Bay Waterfront in Walvis Bay, approximately Walvis Bay away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Hohenzollernhaus, browse for treasures at Peter's Antiques, since 1983, and stroll through Dune 7.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Swakopmund online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Side Trip
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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.

Zambia travel guide

Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · Nature & Parks
Air Conditioned State
Landlocked Zambia remains best known, a little counter intuitively perhaps, for its bodies of water. Three large rivers run through the country, with most of the big urban areas and smaller settlements sticking close to waterways and the valleys they've cut over millennia. Holidays in Zambia are adventurous affairs, with real planning required to get the most out of the country--foreign visitors find the infrastructure lacking and familiar comforts practically nonexistent. Traditional villages remain the most culturally rewarding places to visit in Zambia, while superlative natural features include animal-rich national parks and picturesque waterfalls.

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.