31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1 h
7
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h 30 min
8
Maputo, Mozambique
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
9
Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Swakopmund Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and look for gifts at Die Muschel.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Swakopmund day trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Swakopmund is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: highs in Swakopmund hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Spitzkoppe
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris

3
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.
Windhoek is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve, tee off at Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christuskirche.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Windhoek itinerary builder app.

Getting from Swakopmund to Windhoek by combination of car and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Swakopmund in December, with highs in Windhoek at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Deadvlei
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Safaris

3
nights
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Nogatsaa and Tchinga and don't miss a visit to Boab Prison Tree.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chobe National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Windhoek to Chobe National Park in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Chobe National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve
Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve

2
nights
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
On the 5th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Okavango River.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ngamiland East sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East takes 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ngamiland East are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust ©
Okavango River ©
Okavango River

3
nights
Gaborone, Botswana

Gaborone ©
Planned as the capital after Botswana gained independence in the 1960s, Gaborone quickly transformed into a bustling city and the country's commercial center.
Gaborone is known for parks, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace), stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, buy something for everyone on your list at Riverwalk Mall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gaborone journey builder site.

You can fly from Ngamiland East to Gaborone in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ngamiland East in January: highs in Gaborone hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Gaborone

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace) ©
ISKCON Gaborone (Krishna Balaram Palace)
ISKCON Gaborone ©
ISKCON Gaborone

1
night
Vilanculos, Mozambique

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.
On the 10th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Machilla Magic and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vilanculos trip builder tool.

You can fly from Gaborone to Vilanculos in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Gaborone in January, you will find days in Vilanculos are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
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Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Tofo, Mozambique

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tofo trip planning website.

Getting from Vilanculos to Tofo by combination of flight and car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Tofo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nacional de Bazaruto, Barra Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto ©
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
Barra Beach ©
Barra Beach

4
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.
Maputo is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Santo Antonio, admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, head off the coast to Inhaca Island, and walk around Maputo Elephant Reserve (Reserva Especial de Maputo).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Maputo travel tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Tofo to Maputo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Maputo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Maputo

Shopping Parks Museums
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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CCBM - Centro Cultural Brasil-Mocambique ©
CCBM - Centro Cultural Brasil-Mocambique
Paroquia Santo Antonio ©
Paroquia Santo Antonio
Inhaca Island ©
Inhaca Island

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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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, stroll through Cape Point, visit Abseil Africa, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cape Town trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Cape Town takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Cape Town is a bit cooler than Maputo - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 24:
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

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