22 days in Africa Itinerary

22 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa route planner

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 7 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): savor the flavors at Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and then do a tasting at Steenberg Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Klein Constantia, then have unforgettable encounters with Pisces Divers, then admire all the interesting features of Chapman's Peak Drive, and finally hike along Platteklip Gorge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town attractions planning tool.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiport is Cape Town International Airport. In November in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries · Tours

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 2 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 NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Moremi Wildlife Reserve. There's more to do: take an exotic tour of Unlimited Tours & Safaris.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Ngamiland East takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in November, with highs in Ngamiland East at 40°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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 Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Livingstone Trails will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Serondela Reserve and Khwai River Bridge.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park visit website.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. You will leave for Livingstone on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Livingstone, Zambia

— 5 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone Museum and Railway Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Victoria Falls and Helicopter Tours. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Wayiwayi Art Studio and Gallery, soothe aching muscles at Namakau's Health Spa, and see the interesting displays at Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Livingstone trip itinerary tool.

Explore your travel options from Chobe National Park to Livingstone with the Route module. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Livingstone

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Lilongwe, Malawi

— 7 nights
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Escape the urban bustle at Kuti Wildlife Reserve and Nature Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like See Malawi Travel and Chongoni Rock-Art Area. Change things up with a short trip to Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art in Mtakataka (about 2 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, make a trip to Tindoz d'Afrique, browse the different shops at Old Town Mall, and relax and rejuvenate at Khondi Spa Retreat.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lilongwe online day trip planner.

Fly from Livingstone to Lilongwe in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Botswana travel guide

3.7
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.

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.

Malawi travel guide

4.2
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.