53 days in Africa Itinerary

53 days in Africa Itinerary

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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 4 nights
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
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Blantyre, Malawi
— 3 nights
Drive to Cambulatsitsi, Fly to Tofo
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
— 1 night
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 30 nights
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Lilongwe, Malawi — 4 nights

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and Parliament Building. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kumbali Cultural Village, pause for some photo ops at World War I Memorial, buy something for everyone on your list at Old Town Mall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Sanctuary.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Lilongwe trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lilongwe is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Lilongwe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Mulanje.
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Shopping · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Mulanje, Malawi — 1 night

Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Mulanje online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lilongwe to Mulanje in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Blantyre.
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Blantyre, Malawi — 3 nights

As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Society of Malawi Library and St.Michael's and All Angels Church. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Chichiri Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Chichiri Shopping Centre, soothe aching muscles at Serendib Hair Day Spa, and trek along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Blantyre sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mulanje to Blantyre takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tofo.
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Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Trails
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Tofo, Mozambique — 2 nights

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at Massagem Tropical and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Tofo journey planner.

Getting from Blantyre to Tofo by combination of car and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Blantyre in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tofo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Vilanculos.
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Vilanculos, Mozambique — 2 nights

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then delve into the distant past at Manyikeni.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilanculos day trip website.

Fly from Tofo to Vilanculos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Vilanculos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Ponta do Ouro.
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique — 1 night

On the 17th (Tue), look for gifts at Magenta Moon Boutique and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ponta do Ouro tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Vilanculos to Ponta do Ouro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Maputo.
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Maputo, Mozambique — 2 nights

City of Acacias

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.
On the 18th (Wed), stroll through Praia da Costa do Sol, head off the coast to Inhaca Island, and then look for gifts at Daqui! Produtos Regionais. On the next day, see human ingenuity at work at Barragem dos Pequenos Libombos and then admire the masterpieces at National Art Museum.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Maputo trip builder app.

You can drive from Ponta do Ouro to Maputo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Maputo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 30 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore hidden gems such as Franschhoek Motor Museum and Vergelegen Estate. Get out of town with these interesting Cape Town side-trips: !Khwa ttu (in Yzerfontein), Darling Brew (in Darling) and Franschhoek (Eikehof, First South African Perfume Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Platteklip Gorge, engage your brain at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Voelklip Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Company's Gardens.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cape Town online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Cape Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Maputo in January, with highs in Cape Town at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Namib-Naukluft Park.
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Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia — 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Big Daddy Dune.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park route maker site.

You can fly from Cape Town to Namib-Naukluft Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to 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. When traveling from Cape Town in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Namib-Naukluft Park, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Swakopmund.
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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 Walvis Bay Waterfront and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Walvis Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Off-Road Tours). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Dune 7, stop by Karakulia Weavers, and admire the striking features of Hohenzollernhaus.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Swakopmund trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Swakopmund by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Windhoek.
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Windhoek, Namibia — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Windhoek travel planner.

Getting from Swakopmund to Windhoek by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Swakopmund in February, you will find days in Windhoek are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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

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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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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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