58 days in Africa Itinerary

58 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa travel route planner

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Kigali, Rwanda
— 4 nights
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Kampala, Uganda
— 5 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 6 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 2 nights
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Kigali, Rwanda

— 4 nights
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Ivuka Arts Studio, stroll the grounds of Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial, and shop like a local with Abien Arts Center.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kigali trip builder tool.

Bergen, Norway to Kigali is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bergen to Kigali due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bergen in July, things will get a bit warmer in Kigali: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kampala.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Tours

Kampala, Uganda

— 5 nights
Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
Take a break from Kampala with a short trip to Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre in Entebbe, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at African Pearl Safaris, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gorilla Bookings, see Off-Road Tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaddafi National Mosque.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kampala trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kigali to Kampala takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kigali to Kampala. In July, daytime highs in Kampala are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nairobi.

Things to do in Kampala

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Nairobi, Kenya

— 6 nights

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 5th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, look for gifts at Utamaduni Craft Centre, browse the exhibits of Nairobi National Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi trip website.

Traveling by flight from Kampala to Nairobi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kampala in July: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Arusha.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Arusha, Tanzania

— 4 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Spend the 8th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Make the 7th (Mon) a memorable day with a climbing tour. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kandoo Adventures, examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre, see Off-Road Tours, and hunt for treasures at Masai Central Market.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arusha day trip planning app.

You can fly from Nairobi to Arusha in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 5 nights
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Zanzibar City is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens, delve into the distant past at Hamamni Persian Baths, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Zanzibar City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Arusha in August: high temperatures in Zanzibar City hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side 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.
On the 16th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at See Malawi Travel. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Old Town Mall, then pause for some serene contemplation at Maula Cathedral, and then stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

Discover how to plan a Lilongwe trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Lilongwe in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. The time zone changes from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Harare.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Harare, Zimbabwe

— 1 night

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.
On the 18th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Shona Sculpture Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at Amara's Health Spa, and then walk around Kingfisher Park.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Harare itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lilongwe to Harare takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Harare

Spas · Parks · Shopping · Museums

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.
Spend the 21st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls holiday planning site.

Fly from Harare to Victoria Falls in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Harare in August: highs in Victoria Falls hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Livingstone, Zambia

— 4 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, admire all the interesting features of Gorge Swing, soothe aching muscles at Namakau's Health Spa, and explore the galleries of Livingstone Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Livingstone travel itinerary planner.

Livingstone is very close to Victoria Falls. Traveling from Victoria Falls in August, you will find days in Livingstone are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are a bit warmer (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure

Side Trip

Ngamiland East, Botswana

— 2 nights
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ngamiland East trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Livingstone to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. When traveling from Livingstone in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Ngamiland East: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

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.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Ngina Safaris, and get a dose of the wild on Livingstone Trails.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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 4th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre, then stop by Wecke & Voigts, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve and then tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip planning site.

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Windhoek in 4 hours. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Windhoek can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to fly to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Photography Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stop by Die Muschel, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and browse the exhibits of Swakopmund Museum.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Swakopmund trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Windhoek to Swakopmund in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Windhoek in September, with highs in Swakopmund at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Cape Town, South Africa

— 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Swakopmund to Cape Town takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Rwanda travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.

Uganda travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Namibia travel guide

4.1
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.