36 days in Africa Itinerary

36 days in Africa Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paje, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly to Dar es Salaam, Train to Mikumi National Park
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Mikumi National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape Maclear, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive to Lilongwe International Airport, Fly to South Luangwa National Park
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
— 1 night
Fly
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Drive
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Drive to Livingstone, Fly to Amsterdam

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Nairobi, Kenya — 5 nights

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Get in touch with nature at Karura Forest and Nairobi National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kenyatta International Conference Center. Spend the 9th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's more to do: stroll through Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and browse the different shops at The Hub Karen.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nairobi is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in January, with highs in Nairobi at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Zanzibar City.
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 4 nights

Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kendwa Beach and Off-Road Tours. Step out of the city life by going to The Safari Blue and Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral and walk around Forodhani Gardens.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City journey builder app.

You can fly from Nairobi to Zanzibar City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in January; daily highs in Zanzibar City reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paje.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Paje, Tanzania — 3 nights

Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Get outdoors at Jambiani Beach and Paje Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Rising Sun Dive Center and Jozani Forest. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Paje Scooter Rent.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paje online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Zanzibar City to Paje takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kilimanjaro National Park.
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania — 2 nights

On the 17th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kilimanjaro.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilimanjaro National Park trip site.

Traveling by flight from Paje to Kilimanjaro National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Serengeti National Park.
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Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania — 2 nights

Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the activities along Mara River and then stroll through Retima Hippo Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Kilimanjaro National Park to Serengeti National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. January in Serengeti National Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania — 2 nights

You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip planner.

Traveling by car from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Mikumi National Park on the 22nd (Sat).
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Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:
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Mikumi National Park, Tanzania — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Mikumi Park.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Mikumi National Park in 11 hours. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Cape Maclear.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): head outdoors with Thumbi View Lodge Activities.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Mikumi National Park to Cape Maclear. The time zone difference when traveling from Mikumi National Park to Cape Maclear is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to South Luangwa National Park.
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Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at the Bush-Spa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our South Luangwa National Park holiday planning app.

Explore your travel options from Cape Maclear to South Luangwa National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Chobe National Park.
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Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 4 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Visiting Chobe Day Trips and Serondela Reserve will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as CARACAL Biodiversity Center and Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park itinerary planner.

Fly from South Luangwa National Park to Chobe National Park in 10.5 hours. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel to Etosha National Park.
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Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

Etosha National Park, Namibia — 1 night

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 31st (Mon), make a trip to Okaukuejo waterhole and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Etosha.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Etosha National Park trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Etosha National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chobe National Park to Etosha National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.
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Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Spas & Wellness. Get in touch with nature at NamibRand Nature Reserve and Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve. There's more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre and look for gifts at Wecke & Voigts.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Windhoek road trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Etosha National Park to Windhoek. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Victoria Falls.
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Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 5 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.
Visiting Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Zipline will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Crocodile Park Victoria Falls. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip maker app.

Getting from Windhoek to Victoria Falls by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:

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.

Lake Malawi National Park travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling