17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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17 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  26​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
2
Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Livingstone, Zambia
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Maseru, Lesotho
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
10
Tofo, Mozambique
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Harare, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
12
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 1 night
Fly:  31​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cape Point and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, stroll through Signal Hill, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cape Town visit app .

Vancouver, Canada to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in November, you will find days in Cape Town are much hotter (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

1
night
Windhoek, Namibia

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.
On the 17th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Windhoek online tour planner .

Getting from Cape Town to Windhoek by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town in November, you will find days in Windhoek are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

1
night
Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone ©
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Livingstone Museum, examine the collection at Railway Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Victoria Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Livingstone itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Livingstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Windhoek in November: highs in Livingstone hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Livingstone

Museums Parks Nature
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Livingstone Museum ©
Livingstone Museum
Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls
Railway Museum ©
Railway Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, then meet the residents at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and then snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Victoria Falls trip planner .

Victoria Falls is just a stone's throw from Livingstone. When traveling from Livingstone in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Victoria Falls, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Victoria Falls Snake Park ©
Victoria Falls Snake Park
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge

1
night
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chobe National Park road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife Parks
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve

1
night
Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngamiland East itinerary planner .

You can fly from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Maseru.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Wildlife Parks
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1
night
Maseru, Lesotho

Maseru ©
Founded in 1869 by the British, Lesotho's main city--Maseru--lies on the border with South Africa on a plateau surrounded by red hills.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): try your luck at Lesotho Sun Casino, see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, then steep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Maluti Mountains.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Maseru online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Ngamiland East to Maseru in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ngamiland East in November: high temperatures in Maseru hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maseru

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Katse Dam ©
Katse Dam
Maluti Mountains ©
Maluti Mountains
Thaba-Bosiu National Monument
Thaba-Bosiu National Monument

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Johannesburg Zoo.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Johannesburg trip app .

Traveling by flight from Maseru to Johannesburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Maseru in November, Johannesburg is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Johannesburg Zoo ©
Johannesburg Zoo
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

1
night
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Eswatini (Swaziland)

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary ©
On the 24th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Nyonyane Mountain, try your luck at Happy Valley Casino, and then look for gifts at Swazi Candles.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary online travel planner .

Drive from Johannesburg to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, you will find days in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Fun & Games Casinos Parks

Side Trip

Swazi Candles
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Happy Valley Casino ©
Happy Valley Casino
Nyonyane Mountain ©
Nyonyane Mountain
Swazi Candles ©
Swazi Candles

1
day
Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo ©
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 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tofo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to Tofo takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in November: high temperatures in Tofo hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Harare.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
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Parque Nacional de Bazaruto ©
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lion and Cheetah Park, then explore the galleries of The Shona Sculpture Gallery, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Harare vacation maker website .

Getting from Tofo to Harare by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tofo in November since evenings lows in Harare dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Harare

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
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Lion and Cheetah Park ©
Lion and Cheetah Park
The Shona Sculpture Gallery ©
The Shona Sculpture Gallery

1
night
Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
On the 27th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, then don't miss a visit to World War I Memorial, then don't miss a visit to Tindoz d'Afrique, and finally stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lilongwe online trip maker .

Getting from Harare to Lilongwe by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
World War I Memorial ©
World War I Memorial
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary

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