37 days in Africa Itinerary

37 days in Africa Itinerary

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37 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Harare, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
7
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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.
Spend the 20th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History.

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If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are OR Tambo International Airport and Pilanesberg International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

7
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.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, and explore and take pictures at Robben Island Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

3
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Swakopmund: Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland) and Walvis Bay (Walvis Bay Waterfront & Kayaking & Canoeing). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at German Evangelical Lutheran Church, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Swakopmund travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Cape Town to Swakopmund in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Spitzkoppe
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Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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.
Spend the 4th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Deadvlei, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove Mall of Namibia, stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, and admire the striking features of Christuskirche.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Windhoek visit app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Swakopmund to Windhoek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, daytime highs in Windhoek are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Deadvlei
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis ©
Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis

5
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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 7th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Siduli Hide.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Victoria Falls journey maker website .

You can fly from Windhoek to Victoria Falls in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Harare.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge

3
nights
Harare, Zimbabwe

Harare ©
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, shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, have some family-friendly fun at Tamba Tamba, stop by Simpli Simbi, and stroll through Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Harare day trip planner .

Getting from Victoria Falls to Harare by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Victoria Falls in May: highs in Harare hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Bulawayo.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN ©
Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN
Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary ©
Twala Trust Animal Sanctuary
Thetford Game Reserve ©
Thetford Game Reserve

3
nights
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Bulawayo ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matobo National Park - The Matopos (Matobo Hills & Cecil Rhode's Burial Place). Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Matobo National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, see the interesting displays at Bulawayo Railway Museum, and stroll around The Hillside Dams Conservancy.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Bulawayo road trip app .

Getting from Harare to Bulawayo by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Bulawayo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Matobo National Park ©
Matobo National Park
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place ©
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place
Matobo Hills ©
Matobo Hills

2
nights
Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesquita da Baixa, admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, then see the interesting displays at Museu dos CFM, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Club de tenis de Maputo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, and then hunt for treasures at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Maputo road trip site .

You can fly from Bulawayo to Maputo in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, Maputo is a bit warmer than Bulawayo - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bazaruto Archipelago.

Things to do in Maputo

Shopping Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Paroquia Santo Antonio ©
Paroquia Santo Antonio
Museu dos CFM ©
Museu dos CFM
Club de tenis de Maputo ©
Club de tenis de Maputo

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nights
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Bazaruto Archipelago ©
Bazaruto Archipelago comprises six islands formed by sand deposits from the Save River.
On the 19th (Sun), see the vivid underwater world at Two Mile Reef. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Magaruque Island.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bazaruto Archipelago trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Bazaruto Archipelago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Maputo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bazaruto Archipelago, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mozambique Island.

Things to do in Bazaruto Archipelago

Wildlife Parks
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Two Mile Reef ©
Two Mile Reef

1
night
Mozambique Island, Mozambique

Mozambique Island ©
Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fort Sao Sebastian and then explore the world behind art at Governor's Palace Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through Sao Sebastiao Peninsula.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mozambique Island itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Bazaruto Archipelago to Mozambique Island takes 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bazaruto Archipelago in May, with highs in Mozambique Island at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mozambique Island

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Governor's Palace Museum ©
Governor's Palace Museum
Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao ©
Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao

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