35 days in Zanzibar Island, Gaborone & Cape Town Itinerary

35 days in Zanzibar Island, Gaborone & Cape Town Itinerary

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Matemwe, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Drive to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, Fly to Gaborone
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 25 nights
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Matemwe, Tanzania — 4 nights

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Matemwe day trip planning app.

London, UK to Matemwe is an approximately 180-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Matemwe is 3 hours. Traveling from London in December, expect Matemwe to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. On the 31st (Sat), you're off to Gaborone.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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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.
Spend the 2nd (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Mokolodi Nature Reserve. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone, stroll through Gaborone Game Reserve, look for gifts at Botswanacraft, and don't miss a visit to Matsieng's Footprints.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Gaborone trip maker website.

Explore your travel options from Matemwe to Gaborone with the Route module. The time zone changes from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Matemwe in December: highs in Gaborone hover around 44°C, while lows dip to 44°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Cape Town.
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Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Cape Town, South Africa — 25 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Franschhoek (Lynx Wine, First South African Perfume Museum, &more), Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch Toy & Miniature Museum, Ghetto Art Gallery, &more) and Topiary Wine Estate (in Wemmershoek). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clifton Beaches, take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head, and explore and take pictures at Cape Point.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary app.

Fly from Gaborone to Cape Town in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gaborone in January, plan for little chillier nights in Cape Town, with lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.
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