35 days in Africa Itinerary

35 days in Africa Itinerary

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Fly to Livingstone, Drive to Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive
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Serowe, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive to Maputo, Fly to Tofo
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 4 nights
Fly to Nampula, Drive to Mozambique Island
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 2 nights
Fly

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Safaris. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village. Take a break from Victoria Falls with a short trip to Zambezi River in Msuna, about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Victoria Falls vacation maker tool.

Edinburgh, UK to Victoria Falls is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Victoria Falls is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in August: highs in Victoria Falls hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Savute Reserve and CARACAL Biodiversity Center. Take a break from the city and head to Nogatsaa and Tchinga and Serondela Reserve. There's more to do: get outside with Livingstone Trails.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Chobe National Park trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 5 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Escape the urban bustle at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust and Khwai Concession. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mosu Safari Tours and Okavango River. Change things up with a short trip to Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve (about 1 hour away).

Make your Ngamiland East itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In August, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nxai Pan National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nxai Pan National Park, Botswana

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Baines Baobabs.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nxai Pan National Park driving holiday planning app.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Nxai Pan National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Things to do in Nxai Pan National Park

Nature · Parks
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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Before you visit Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nxai Pan National Park to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Serowe.

Things to do in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Serowe, Botswana

— 2 nights
Serowe is a town in Botswana's Central District. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Khama Rhino Sanctuary and then browse the exhibits of Khama III Memorial Museum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Serowe road trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to Serowe. On the 28th (Sat), you're off to Ponta do Ouro.

Things to do in Serowe

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique

— 2 nights
On the 29th (Sun), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ponta do Ouro planning website.

Drive from Serowe to Ponta do Ouro in 12.5 hours. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Ponta do Ouro

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): have unforgettable encounters with Mozambique Experience and then kick back and relax at Barra Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation and then kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tofo trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of car and flight from Ponta do Ouro to Tofo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tofo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto and Machilla Magic. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vilanculos route builder tool.

You can fly from Tofo to Vilanculos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Vilanculos are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mozambique Island.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Mozambique Island, Mozambique

— 2 nights
Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao and then explore the world behind art at Governor's Palace Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mozambique Island online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Vilanculos to Mozambique Island takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Vilanculos in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mozambique Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mulanje.

Things to do in Mozambique Island

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Mulanje, Malawi

— 2 nights
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mulanje.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mulanje road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mozambique Island to Mulanje takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Mulanje are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Lilongwe, Malawi

— 2 nights
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Take a break from the city and head to See Malawi Travel and Nature Sanctuary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Maula Cathedral and Chongoni Rock-Art Area. The adventure continues: stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

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Traveling by flight from Mulanje to Lilongwe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

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.

Mozambique travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Islands
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.

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.