36 days in Africa Itinerary

36 days in Africa Itinerary

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Lusaka, Zambia
— 2 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Fly to Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, Drive to Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 1 day
Taxi to Bulawayo, Fly to Harare
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 2 nights
Drive to Chileka International Airport, Fly to Roja

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Lusaka, Zambia

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zambia National Museum as well as Lower Zambezi National Park. On the 17th (Tue), examine the collection at Zambia National Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Lower Zambezi National Park. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery.

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Roja, Latvia to Lusaka is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly to Livingstone.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Livingstone, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Devil's Pool. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, relax and rejuvenate at Namakau's Health Spa, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Livingstone day trip app.

Fly from Lusaka to Livingstone in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Livingstone are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 5 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.
Spend the 26th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, and browse the different shops at Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls day trip site.

Victoria Falls is just a short distance from Livingstone. Traveling from Livingstone in August, expect nights in Victoria Falls to be a bit cooler, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 4 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Step out of Chobe National Park with an excursion to Khwai River Bridge in Okavango Delta--about 1h 50 min away. There's more to do: stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga and surround yourself with nature on Livingstone Trails.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. On the 31st (Tue), you're off to Gaborone.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Gaborone, Botswana

— 3 nights
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mokolodi Nature Reserve, shop like a local with Botswanacraft, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jamia Mosque, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gaborone trip planner.

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Gaborone in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Maputo.

Things to do in Gaborone

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Spas

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 4th (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica, then take an in-depth tour of Fortaleza of Maputo, then admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, and finally see the interesting displays at Fisheries Museum (Museu das Pescas). Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Tunduru Botanical Gardens, admire the striking features of Casa de Ferro (The Iron House), then learn more about the world around you at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Maputo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Gaborone to Maputo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gaborone in September, plan for colder nights in Maputo, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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 6th (Mon): stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo and then stroll through Barra Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Maputo to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Tofo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Vilanculos to Bazaruto Archipelago to see Parque Nacional de Bazaruto about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, relax and rejuvenate at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA, and take in the exciting artwork at Machilla Magic.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Vilanculos trip planner.

You can fly from Tofo to Vilanculos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place and then take in the dramatic natural features at Matobo Hills.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Matobo National Park - The Matopos trip itinerary maker site.

Explore your travel options from Vilanculos to Matobo National Park - The Matopos with the Route module. Traveling from Vilanculos in September, expect nights in Matobo National Park - The Matopos to be little chillier, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Harare.

Things to do in Matobo National Park - The Matopos

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Harare, Zimbabwe

— 3 nights

Sunshine City

Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Harare is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Amara's Health Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haka Game Park, don't miss a visit to Raintree Venue, and explore the fascinating underground world of Domboshawa Caves.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Harare trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Harare takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Harare

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lilongwe, Malawi

— 3 nights
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Lilongwe is known for parks, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see exotic creatures in open habitats at See Malawi Travel, make a trip to Kumbali Cultural Village, stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, and browse the different shops at Old Town Mall.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lilongwe tour itinerary planning site.

Fly from Harare to Lilongwe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mulanje.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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 18th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mulanje trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Lilongwe to Mulanje in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In September, daytime highs in Mulanje are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will leave for home on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Mulanje

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Zambia travel guide

3.9
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.

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.