33 days in Africa Itinerary

33 days in Africa Itinerary

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33 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Fresno, United States
Fly + Drive:  34​h
1
Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
3
Luanda, Angola
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h
4
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
7
Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
Travel:  11​h 45​min
8
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h
9
Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 day
+3
Drive + Fly + Drive + Ferry:  12​h 45​min
10
La Digue Island, Seychelles
— 1 night
Ferry:  30​min
11
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
12
Flic En Flac, Mauritius
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
14
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
15
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
16
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
17
Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Fly:  36​h
End: Fresno, United States

2
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre, then see the interesting displays at Tanzanite Experience, then take a stroll through Arusha Village Experience, and finally explore and take pictures at Amani Children's home & Village visit.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Arusha trip builder website .

Fresno, USA to Arusha is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Fresno to Arusha due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fresno in July, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Arusha: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Goma.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Climbing Tours
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre
Tanzanite Experience ©
Tanzanite Experience

2
nights
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Goma ©
Nestled between two opposites--a lake and a volcano--Goma represents an adventurous vacation spot.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Nyiragongo. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Goma trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Goma takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time to Western African Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Arusha in July, with highs in Goma at 76°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Luanda.

Things to do in Goma

Nature Parks
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Mount Nyiragongo ©
Mount Nyiragongo
Lake Kivu ©
Lake Kivu

1
day
Luanda, Angola

Luanda ©
After decades of conflict, Luanda experienced a massive economic boom at the beginning of the 21st century, making it one of the most developed cities in Africa and a magnet for tourists.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Avenida 4 de Fevereiro, and then see the interesting displays at Fortaleza de Sao Miguel.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Luanda trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Goma to Luanda in 13.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Namib-Naukluft Park.

Things to do in Luanda

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Fortaleza de Sao Miguel ©
Fortaleza de Sao Miguel
Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
Avenida 4 de Fevereiro ©
Avenida 4 de Fevereiro

1
night
Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia

Namib-Naukluft Park ©
One of the world's largest nature and game reserves, the vast Namib-Naukluft Park boasts sweeping desert and mountain landscapes, a diverse range of animal life, and the surreal Sossusvlei, a scenic saltpan sprinkled with towering red sand dunes and petrified acacia trees.
On the 27th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Spreetshoogte Pass.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Namib-Naukluft Park day trip tool .

Fly from Luanda to Namib-Naukluft Park in 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Luanda to Namib-Naukluft Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Namib-Naukluft Park when traveling from Luanda in July, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Namib-Naukluft Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Spreetshoogte Pass ©
Spreetshoogte Pass

2
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 28th (Tue), learn about winemaking at High Constantia Wine Cellar, then get great views at Cape of Good Hope, and then stroll through Boulders Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Maclear's Beacon and then head off the coast to Robben Island Museum.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Namib-Naukluft Park to Cape Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Namib-Naukluft Park in July: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 64°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Butha-Buthe.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Robben Island Museum ©
Robben Island Museum

1
night
Butha-Buthe, Lesotho

Butha-Buthe ©
Butha-Buthe is the capital city or camptown of the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): Head underground at Liphofung Caves.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Butha-Buthe trip planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Butha-Buthe by combination of flight, bus, and car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Cape Town in July, Butha-Buthe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Simunye.

Things to do in Butha-Buthe

Nature Parks
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Liphofung Caves ©
Liphofung Caves

1
night
Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Simunye ©
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. On the 31st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hlane Royal National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Simunye road trip site .

Traveling by car from Butha-Buthe to Simunye takes 7.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Bazaruto Archipelago.

Things to do in Simunye

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Hlane Royal National Park ©
Hlane Royal National Park

1
night
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Bazaruto Archipelago ©
Bazaruto Archipelago comprises six islands formed by sand deposits from the Save River.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see the vivid underwater world at Two Mile Reef. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Magaruque Island.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bazaruto Archipelago route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Simunye to Bazaruto Archipelago. In August, daily temperatures in Bazaruto Archipelago can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mulanje.

Things to do in Bazaruto Archipelago

Parks Wildlife
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Two Mile Reef ©
Two Mile Reef

1
day
Mulanje, Malawi

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mulanje trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bazaruto Archipelago to Mulanje. In August, daytime highs in Mulanje are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to La Digue Island.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature Parks
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

1
night
La Digue Island, Seychelles

La Digue Island ©
La Digue Island remains a relatively unknown vacation destination, offering very few tourist facilities and an exotic though largely undeveloped coastline.
On the 4th (Tue), kick back and relax at Anse Fourmis, then kick back and relax at Anse Coco Beach, and then stroll through Anse Source D'Argent. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Anse Banane, tour the pleasant surroundings at Petite Anse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Anse.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Digue Island trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and ferry from Mulanje to La Digue Island takes 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Mulanje to La Digue Island is 2 hours. Traveling from Mulanje in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in La Digue Island, with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Praslin Island.

Things to do in La Digue Island

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Anse Source D'Argent ©
Anse Source D'Argent
Grand Anse ©
Grand Anse
Anse Coco Beach ©
Anse Coco Beach

2
nights
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): kick back and relax at Anse Georgette, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Passerose, and then kick back and relax at Anse Lazio. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and then head off the coast to Curieuse Island.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Praslin Island trip itinerary maker .

Praslin Island is very close to La Digue Island. In August, daytime highs in Praslin Island are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Flic En Flac.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Anse Georgette ©
Anse Georgette
Anse Lazio ©
Anse Lazio
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve ©
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

2
nights
Flic En Flac, Mauritius

Flic En Flac ©
An unusual commodity in the lesser-touristed western part of Mauritius, the developed seaside village Flic En Flac boasts a vast white sandy beach that generates a large amount of tourism.
Take a break from the city and head to Ile aux Cerfs and Flic en Flac Beach. Le Morne Brabant and Dolphin & Whale Watching are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Flic En Flac: Seven Colored Earths (in Chamarel), Takamaka Boutique Winery (in Vacoas) and SSR Botanic Garden (in Pamplemousses). It doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Trou aux Cerfs.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Flic En Flac travel route site .

Getting from Praslin Island to Flic En Flac by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Praslin Island in August; daily highs in Flic En Flac reach 77°F and lows reach 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Flic En Flac

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mauritius, Le Morne Brabant, Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark, SSR Botanic Garden, Takamaka Boutique Winery
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Ile aux Cerfs ©
Ile aux Cerfs
Flic en Flac Beach ©
Flic en Flac Beach

2
nights
Nosy Be, Madagascar

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nosy Be vacation planning website .

You can fly from Flic En Flac to Nosy Be in 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Flic En Flac to Nosy Be. When traveling from Flic En Flac in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nosy Be, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Apartheid Museum and Mandela House. Get some historical perspective at Constitution Hill and Nelson Mandela Foundation. Spend the 13th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: try your luck at Emperors Palace.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Nosy Be to Johannesburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Nosy Be to Johannesburg is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nosy Be in August, you will find days in Johannesburg are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are much colder (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Emperors Palace
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

2
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
On the 15th (Sat), stroll through Savute Reserve.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Chobe National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve

2
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
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.
On the 16th (Sun), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, and then snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls trip tool .

You can take a shuttle from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Zipline

2
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, and then view the masterpieces at The National Art Gallery, Livingstone. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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

Livingstone is very close to Victoria Falls. When traveling from Victoria Falls in August, plan for slightly colder days in Livingstone, with highs around 74°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Livingstone

Museums Nature Parks
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Livingstone Museum ©
Livingstone Museum
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

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