40 days in Africa Itinerary

40 days in Africa Itinerary

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Dodoma, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Iringa, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive
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Mbeya, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nkhata Bay, Malawi
— 3 nights
Bus
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Blantyre, Malawi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tete, Mozambique
— 1 night
Drive
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
— 2 nights
Bus
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Kasama, Zambia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 3 nights
Fly to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, Drive to Mana Pools National Park
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Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chiredzi, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive to Victoria Falls International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Dodoma, Tanzania — 3 nights

Dodoma, officially Dodoma Urban District, is the national capital of Tanzania and the capital of Dodoma Region, with a population of 410,956.GeographyLocated at, in the centre of the country, the town is 453km west of the former capital at Dar es Salaam and 441km south of Arusha, the headquarters of the East African Community. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Dodoma.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dodoma road trip planning app.

Newark, USA to Dodoma is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Newark to Dodoma due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in July, with highs in Dodoma at 80°F and lows at 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Iringa.
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Iringa, Tanzania — 1 night

Iringa is a city in Tanzania with a population of 112,900. You've now added Ruaha National Park to your itinerary.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Iringa itinerary builder.

Drive from Dodoma to Iringa in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mbeya.
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Mbeya, Tanzania — 2 nights

Mbeya is a city located in southwest Tanzania, Africa. Your day by day itinerary now includes Ngozi Crater Lake, Mount Rungwe and Kaporogwe Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mbeya travel route planner.

You can drive from Iringa to Mbeya in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Iringa in July; daily highs in Mbeya reach 68°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nkhata Bay.
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Nkhata Bay, Malawi — 3 nights

Nkhata Bay or just Nkhata is the capital of the Nkhata Bay District in Malawi. Nkhata Bay is known for classes and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kande Beach.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nkhata Bay online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mbeya to Nkhata Bay takes 7 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mbeya to Nkhata Bay due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Lilongwe.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kasungu National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kasungu National Park, stroll through Nature Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, then look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Maula Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lilongwe sightseeing planner.

Take a bus from Nkhata Bay to Lilongwe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Blantyre.
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Blantyre, Malawi — 2 nights

As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Chilwa, Zomba Plateau and Mount Mulanje. On the 14th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chilwa, get outside with Zomba Plateau, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje, then make a trip to Malawi Stock Exchange, then get your bearings at The Society of Malawi Library, and finally view the masterpieces at La Caverna Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Chichiri Museum, then trek along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, then stop by Tiyamike Sewing, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Serendib Hair Day Spa.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Blantyre trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Lilongwe to Blantyre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Blantyre are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tete.
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Tete, Mozambique — 1 night

Tete is the capital city of Tete Province in Mozambique. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sao Joao Baptista and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Jose de Boroma.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tete trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Blantyre to Tete in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Blantyre in July: high temperatures in Tete hover around 82°F and lows are around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to South Luangwa National Park.
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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia — 2 nights

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the South Luangwa National Park trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tete to South Luangwa National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Kasama.
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Kasama, Zambia — 2 nights

Kasama is the capital of the Northern Province of Zambia, situated on the central-southern African plateau at an elevation of about 1400 m. Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Bangweulu as well as Lumangwe Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Lumangwe Falls, then explore the activities along Lake Bangweulu, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Chishimba Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kasama itinerary builder app.

You can take a bus from South Luangwa National Park to Kasama in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Lubumbashi.
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Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo — 2 nights

Lubumbashi in the southeastern part of Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the second-largest city in the country, the largest being the capital, Kinshasa. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Lubumbashi Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saints Pierre et Paul, get outside with Malibu Piscine & Fitness, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Kipopo, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lubumbashi attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kasama to Lubumbashi takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kasama to Lubumbashi. July in Lubumbashi sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 57°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Lusaka.
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Lusaka, Zambia — 3 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 Chaminuka Game Reserve as well as Lower Zambezi National Park. On the 24th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Lower Zambezi National Park, stroll through Chaminuka Game Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ignatius church, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lusaka Collective, then view the masterpieces at 37D Gallery, and finally stroll through Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Zambia National Museum, steep yourself in history at Chilenje House, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jame Mosque.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lusaka tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Lubumbashi to Lusaka takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is 1 hour. You'll set off for Mana Pools National Park on the 26th (Wed).
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Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

Before you visit Mana Pools 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 Lusaka to Mana Pools National Park. You'll set off for Harare on the 28th (Fri).
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ngomakurira Mountain and Domboshawa Caves. Popular historic sites such as Anglican Cathedral and National Heroes Acre are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Wild Is Life, browse the exhibits of Shona Sculpture Gallery, look for gifts at Kumba Home & Gifts, and get advice or help at National Archives of Zimbabwe.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Harare day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Mana Pools National Park to Harare in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chiredzi.
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Chiredzi, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

Chiredzi is a small town in Masvingo province in south-east Zimbabwe. Your day by day itinerary now includes Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Chimanimani Mountains National Park and Gonarezhou National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Chimanimani Mountains National Park, then delve into the distant past at Great Zimbabwe National Monument, and then explore the striking landscape of Gonarezhou National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chiredzi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Harare to Chiredzi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Harare in July: high temperatures in Chiredzi hover around 78°F and lows are around 52°F. You'll set off for Bulawayo on the 2nd (Wed).
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe — 3 nights

A vacation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, offers a pleasant base for wider explorations of some of the country's national parks and game reserves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Khami Ruins. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Khami Ruins, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Matobo Hills, and finally explore the striking landscape of Matobo National Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bulawayo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Chiredzi to Bulawayo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Victoria Falls.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Victoria Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Tami Walker Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Safaris. There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Victoria Falls Snake Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Big Tree, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zambezi National Park.
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Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

On the 8th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on African Exodus Safaris.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zambezi National Park sightseeing planner.

Zambezi National Park is very close to Victoria Falls. On the 10th (Thu), you're off to home.
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