52 days in Africa Itinerary

52 days in Africa Itinerary

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Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 day
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Shuttle to Windhoek, Fly to Livingstone, Bus to Katima Mulilo
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Katima Mulilo, Namibia
— 1 night
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
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Drive to Livingstone, Bus to Kazungula, Fly to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Aus, Namibia
— 6 nights
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Fish River Region, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 16 nights
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly to King Shaka International Airport, Drive to Himeville
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Himeville, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive to King Shaka International Airport, Fly to Johannesburg
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
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Windhoek, Namibia — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Windhoek online itinerary builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Windhoek is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in December, with highs in Windhoek at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Etosha National Park.
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Etosha National Park, Namibia — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Okaukuejo waterhole and Etosha.

To find out how to plan a trip to Etosha National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Windhoek to Etosha National Park. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Katima Mulilo.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Katima Mulilo, Namibia — 1 night

Katima Mulilo is a town situated in the Caprivi strip and is the capital of the Zambezi Region, Namibia's far northeast extension into central Southern Africa. To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Katima Mulilo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Etosha National Park to Katima Mulilo takes 22 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel to Chobe National Park.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Chobe National Park, Botswana — 3 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Serondela Reserve. It doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Livingstone Trails.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chobe National Park road trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Katima Mulilo to Chobe National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Katima Mulilo to Chobe National Park is 1 hour. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Victoria Falls.
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Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana — 3 nights

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stroll through Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Kubu Island.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Makgadikgadi Pans National Park online journey planner.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and flight from Victoria Falls to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in 9.5 hours. You will leave for Okavango Delta on the 25th (Sat).
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Okavango Delta, Botswana — 3 nights

Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
Visiting Moremi Wildlife Reserve and NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: stroll through Khwai Concession.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Okavango Delta trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Okavango Delta. In December, daytime highs in Okavango Delta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

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.
On the 30th (Thu), cruise along Spreetshoogte Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Moon Landscape.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Okavango Delta to Namib-Naukluft Park in 23 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Okavango Delta to Namib-Naukluft Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Okavango Delta in December, expect Namib-Naukluft Park to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 17°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel to Aus.
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Aus, Namibia — 6 nights

Aus is a settlement in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wild Horses of the Namib and Garub Pan.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Aus online holiday planner.

Drive from Namib-Naukluft Park to Aus in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. On the 7th (Fri), you'll travel to Fish River Region.
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Fish River Region, Namibia — 3 nights

The Fish River Canyon, is located in the south of Namibia. On the 8th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at Ai-Ais Hotsprings Spa. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon and then walk around /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fish River Region trip website.

Explore your travel options from Aus to Fish River Region with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Cape Town, South Africa — 16 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Bloubergstrand Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Franschhoek Motor Museum and Platteklip Gorge. Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Stellenbosch (Eagle Encounters, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, &more), Kraalbaai Beach/Lagoon (in Langebaan) and West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Strand Beach, take a memorable drive along Chapman's Peak Drive, hike along Helderberg Nature Reserve, and contemplate the waterfront views at Noordhoek Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town online vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fish River Region to Cape Town. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. In January in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Port Elizabeth.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 26:

Port Elizabeth, South Africa — 1 night

The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll through Cape Recife Local Authority Nature Reserve and then sample some tasty brews at Into Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Port Elizabeth trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Port Elizabeth are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 27th (Thu), you're off to Himeville.
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Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:

Himeville, South Africa — 1 night

Himeville is a small village/town situated in the foothills of the picturesque Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, approx 130 km from Pietermaritzburg. For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Himeville trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Elizabeth to Himeville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.
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Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 1 night

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Mandela House, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stroll through Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then stroll through Lion and Safari Park.

Plan my day in Johannesburg using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Himeville to Johannesburg. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Drakensberg Region travel guide

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A vacation in the Drakensberg Region puts you in a World Heritage-listed mountainous wilderness, where painted rock art remains as the legacy of the San people, or Bushmen. The region's name comes from Dutch and means "mountains of dragons," because the tips of the mountains form the scales of legendary European monsters believed to reside there. Things to do in Drakensberg include hiking various trails through the cliffs, camping in ancient caves, and outdoor activities such as rappelling, rock climbing, and ice climbing in winter--just be sure you register with the mountain rescue service.