45 days in Africa Itinerary

45 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 4 nights
Fly to Kasane, Bus to Livingstone
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 6 nights
Drive to Tete, Fly to Tofo
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 6 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 2 nights
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Knysna, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa — 7 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore hidden gems such as Platteklip Gorge and Eikehof. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum & Lynx Wine). There's still lots to do: trek along Helderberg Nature Reserve, kick back and relax at Sandy Bay, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and play a few rounds at Clovelly Country Club.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip builder.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiport is Cape Town International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Swakopmund.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Trails
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Swakopmund Museum and Spas & Wellness. Venture out of the city with trips to Walvis Bay (Flamingo lagoon & Photography Tours). There's lots more to do: stroll around Long Beach Leisure Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Platz Am Meer, stop by Kristall Galerie, and admire the striking features of Hohenzollernhaus.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Swakopmund takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Cape Town, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Swakopmund, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Windhoek.
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Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Parks
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Grove Mall of Namibia and Spas & Wellness. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, play a few rounds at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, meet the residents at Safari Gastefarm Dusternbrook, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Windhoek day trip site.

Getting from Swakopmund to Windhoek by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. While traveling from Swakopmund, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Windhoek, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Ngamiland East.
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Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Ngamiland East, Botswana — 4 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Okavango River and Khwai Concession. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Motsana Maun and get a dose of the wild on Safari Specialists.

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You can fly from Windhoek to Ngamiland East in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Ngamiland East due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Windhoek in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Ngamiland East. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Livingstone.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Victoria Falls and Livingstone Crocodile Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Railway Museum, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, and take in the exciting artwork at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Livingstone trip itinerary builder tool.

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. Traveling from Ngamiland East in January, you will find days in Livingstone are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Mulanje.
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Mulanje, Malawi — 6 nights

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Mulanje and King African Rifles Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mulanje: Zomba Plateau (in Zomba) and Lake Chilwa (in Kachulu).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mulanje online journey planner.

Fly from Livingstone to Mulanje in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel to Tofo.
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Tofo, Mozambique — 6 nights

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Explore hidden gems such as Praia do Tofo and Massagem Tropical. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, have unforgettable encounters with Mozambique Experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation, and enjoy the sand and surf at Barra Beach.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tofo trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Mulanje to Tofo takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. February in Tofo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll set off for Maputo on the 7th (Tue).
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Maputo, Mozambique — 2 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maputo Central Train Station and Jumma Masjid. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museu dos CFM, look for gifts at Daqui! Produtos Regionais, head off the coast to Xefina Pequena, and take in the exciting artwork at Fundacao Fernando Leite Couto.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Maputo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Tofo to Maputo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Maputo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Butha-Buthe.
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Butha-Buthe, Lesotho — 2 nights

Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. On the 10th (Fri), take a memorable drive along Mafika Lisiu Pass and then explore the fascinating underground world of Liphofung Caves.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Butha-Buthe vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Butha-Buthe takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Maputo in February, expect Butha-Buthe to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 16°C. You'll set off for Knysna on the 11th (Sat).
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Knysna, South Africa — 5 nights

Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Buffalo Bay and Simola Golf. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knysna: Plettenvale Wines (in Plettenberg Bay), Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary (in The Crags) and Wilderness (Half Collared Kingfisher Trail & Wilderness Lagoon). And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, hike along Otter Trail, take an in-depth tour of Knysna Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Drupkelders Hiking Trail.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Knysna trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Butha-Buthe to Knysna by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Butha-Buthe in February since evenings lows in Knysna dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Namibia travel guide

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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

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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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Zambia travel guide

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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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Malawi travel guide

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Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.
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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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Lesotho travel guide

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Biking Trails · Dams · Waterfalls
Kingdom in the Sky
Mountainous Lesotho lends itself well to an adventurous holiday itinerary. Entirely located above 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in elevation, the country enjoys a cool climate with around 300 days of sunshine each year. Explorations of the mountains form the backbone of many Lesotho holidays. Remote villages located way up in the highlands, only accessible on foot or by horseback, offer a glimpse into the country's authentic culture with their lively markets, traditional eateries, and musical traditions.
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