56 days in Africa Itinerary

56 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 30 nights
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Calvinia, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Keetmanshoop, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 5 nights
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Francistown, Botswana
— 1 night
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 7 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa — 30 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Explore Cape Town's surroundings by going to Stellenbosch (Yonder Hill Wine Estate, Waterford Estate, &more), West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park) and Franschhoek (Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek Motor Museum, &more). Spend the 20th (Wed) on the water with Hooked On Africa Fishing Charters. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, get great views at Cape Point, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town route builder.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in October, with highs in Cape Town at 27°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Calvinia.
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Calvinia, South Africa — 7 nights

Calvinia is a regional town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa named after the French religious reformer Jean Calvin. Explore Calvinia's surroundings by going to Klawer Cellars (in Klawer), Clanwilliam (Heerenlogement, Pakhuis Pass, &more) and Nieuwoudtville (Protea Motors, Vanrhynspas, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Calvinia Museum, don't miss a visit to Calvinia Post Box, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akkerendam Nature Reserve, and examine the collection at Fred Turner Windpump Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Calvinia visit planner.

You can drive from Cape Town to Calvinia in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Calvinia: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Keetmanshoop.
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Keetmanshoop, Namibia — 3 nights

Keetmanshoop is a city in the ǁKaras Region of southern Namibia, lying on the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Upington in South Africa. Change things up with these side-trips from Keetmanshoop: Garub Pan (in Aus) and /Ai-/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park (in Fish River Region). The adventure continues: stroll around Garas Park Camp, get impressive views of Brukkaros, admire the engineering at Naute Dam Viewpoint, and delve into the lush surroundings at Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Keetmanshoop itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Calvinia to Keetmanshoop takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Calvinia to Keetmanshoop. In November, Keetmanshoop is somewhat warmer than Calvinia - with highs of 39°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Windhoek.
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Windhoek, Namibia — 5 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.
Spend the 13th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche, explore the galleries of National Museum of Namibia, stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, and tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Windhoek online trip builder.

Drive from Keetmanshoop to Windhoek in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Francistown.
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Francistown, Botswana — 1 night

Follow the trail of the 19th-century gold rush to the "Capital of the North," the regional commercial center of Francistown.
On the 17th (Wed), try to win big at Marang Casino and then relax in the rural setting at Kuminda Farm.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Francistown trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Windhoek to Francistown. Traveling from Windhoek to Francistown, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will leave for Lusaka on the 18th (Thu).
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Lusaka, Zambia — 7 nights

Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Go for a jaunt from Lusaka to Chilanga to see Munda Wanga Environmental Park about 32 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. There's much more to do: get outside with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, get a taste of the local shopping with Namwane Art Gallery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pakati Sunday Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalimba Reptile Park.

To see photos and other tourist information, you can read our Lusaka attractions planning website.

Explore your travel options from Francistown to Lusaka with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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