36 days in Africa Itinerary

36 days in Africa Itinerary

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Fly to Lilongwe International Airport, Drive to Cape Maclear
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Cape Maclear, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive to Lilongwe International Airport, Fly to Cape Town
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 18 nights
Fly
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
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Cape Maclear, Malawi — 1 night

Cape Maclear or Chembe is a town in the Mangochi District of Malawi's Southern Region. On the 2nd (Wed), get all the equipment you need at Thumbi View Lodge Activities.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cape Maclear online trip builder.

Nairobi, Kenya to Cape Maclear is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cape Maclear when traveling from Nairobi in March, with lows around 27°C. You'll set off for Cape Town on the 3rd (Thu).
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Cape Town, South Africa — 18 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
We've included these beaches for you: Bloubergstrand Beach and Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muizenberg Beach and Earthstompers Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Town: Stellenbosch (Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, &more), Betty's Bay (Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens & Stony Point Penguin Colony) and Fairview Wine and Cheese (in Suider Paarl). The adventure continues: trek along Platteklip Gorge, cruise along Franschhoek Pass, stroll through Noordhoek Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Grotto Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Cape Maclear to Cape Town with the Route module. Traveling from Cape Maclear in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cape Town, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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Find places to stay Mar 3 — 21:

Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sesriem Canyon and Tropic of Capricorn Sign. Change things up with a short trip to Dorob National Park in Gobabeb (about 1h 15 min away).

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Namib-Naukluft Park online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Namib-Naukluft Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Namib-Naukluft Park is minus 1 hour. March in Namib-Naukluft Park sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Swakopmund.
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Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

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 Safaris and Swakopmund Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Off-Road Tours in Walvis Bay (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Dune 7.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Swakopmund online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund takes 1.5 hours. In March in Swakopmund, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Windhoek.
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:

Windhoek, Namibia — 1 night

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 28th (Mon), hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Swakopmund to Windhoek in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Swakopmund in March, expect nights in Windhoek to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Gaborone.
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Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:

Gaborone, Botswana — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Khutse Game Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gaborone Game Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gaborone trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Gaborone takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ngamiland East.
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Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

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 31st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Ngamiland East takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Livingstone.
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Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

Livingstone, Zambia — 5 nights

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Get in touch with nature at Victoria Falls and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step off the beaten path and head to The Explorer Club and Gorge Swing. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Livingstone Crocodile Park, view the masterpieces at The National Art Gallery, Livingstone, and take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ngamiland East to Livingstone in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ngamiland East in April: highs in Livingstone hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 21°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:

Lake Malawi National Park travel guide

3.8
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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Botswana travel guide

3.7
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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Zambia travel guide

3.9
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.
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