50 days in Africa Itinerary

50 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 12 nights
Fly
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
Drive
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Drive
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Liwonde National Park, Malawi
— 2 nights
Drive to Chileka International Airport, Fly to Vilanculos
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 4 nights
Fly to Nelspruit, Shuttle to Ezulwini
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Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
Drive
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa — 12 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Franschhoek Motor Museum and Wine Flies Wine Tours - Day Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Waterford Estate and !Khwa ttu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cape Town: Suider Paarl (Fairview Wine and Cheese & Spice Route Destination), Stellenbosch (Spier Wine Farm & The Stellenbosch Village Museum) and West Coast National Park (in West Coast National Park). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Platteklip Gorge, take a tour by water with Pisces Divers, learn about winemaking at Vrede en Lust Winery, and get great views at Cape Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online journey planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiport is Cape Town International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Cape Town are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Ngamiland East.
Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Ngamiland East, Botswana — 3 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Get outdoors at Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Okavango River. Spend the 12th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ngamiland East driving holiday planning app.

You can fly from Cape Town to Ngamiland East in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Ngamiland East is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Chobe National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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 Livingstone Trails. Step out of the city life by going to CARACAL Biodiversity Center and Serondela Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chobe National Park trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Ngamiland East to Chobe National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Victoria Falls.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Safaris. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, browse the exhibits of Prime Art Gallery, and stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. In January, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Livingstone.
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Railway Museum and The National Art Gallery, Livingstone. Take a break from the city and head to The Explorer Club and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls, explore and take pictures at Mukuni Village, and soothe aching muscles at Namakau's Health Spa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Livingstone online driving holiday planner.

Livingstone is just a short distance from Victoria Falls. While traveling from Victoria Falls, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Livingstone, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hwange National Park.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure
Side Trip

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then walk around Hwange National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hwange National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Livingstone to Hwange National Park takes 3.5 hours. January in Hwange National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Liwonde National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Liwonde National Park, Malawi — 2 nights

On the 28th (Sun), head outdoors with Shire Eco Safari Camp.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Liwonde National Park tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hwange National Park to Liwonde National Park takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Hwange National Park in January, you will find days in Liwonde National Park are little chillier (30°C), and nights are a bit warmer (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Vilanculos.
Wildlife · Outdoors

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 Inhassoro Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Machilla Magic and Parque Nacional de Bazaruto. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and work off some steam at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vilanculos day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Liwonde National Park to Vilanculos. While traveling from Liwonde National Park, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Vilanculos, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Ezulwini.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 3 nights

Removed from the bigger and busier parts of the country, Ezulwini Valley represents a quiet place where visitors can relax but at the same time discover the wildlife that spreads across this region.
Get outdoors at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Sibebe Rock. Mantenga Cultural Village and Ngwenya Mine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre, stop by Swazi Candles, stroll through Malolotja Nature Reserve, and try to win big at Happy Valley Casino.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ezulwini online visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Vilanculos to Ezulwini in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and car; or drive. Traveling from Vilanculos in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ezulwini, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Johannesburg.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Johannesburg, South Africa — 7 nights

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and South African National Museum of Military History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Johannesburg: Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits), Lesedi Cultural Village (in Lanseria) and The Cradle of Humankind (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site). Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try your luck at Montecasino, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lion and Safari Park, and gain some tasty knowledge on Time Anchor Distillery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Johannesburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Ezulwini to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Ezulwini in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Swakopmund.
Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Swakopmund, Namibia — 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dune 7 and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Walvis Bay (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Swakopmund Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Swakopmund online trip maker.

Fly from Johannesburg to Swakopmund in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Swakopmund due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in February: highs in Swakopmund hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

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.

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.

Malawi travel guide

4.1
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.

Mozambique travel guide

4.1
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.

Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

3.4
Gift & Specialty Shops · Historic Sites · National Parks
Landlocked Swaziland remains one of the few absolute monarchies in the world--it's also one of the smallest countries in Africa. Known for its peacefulness and welcoming atmosphere, the country doesn't rush past you (even in the most built-up areas) like some of its neighbors. This laidback atmosphere suits the country, where age-old traditions are practiced in an everyday, rather than a made-for-tourists way. Aside from these singular characteristics, the country matches its better-known neighbors in terms of protected savannah landscapes rich in wildlife, the focal point for tourism in Swaziland.

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.