19 days in Africa Itinerary

19 days in Africa Itinerary

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Fly to Matsapha Airport, Drive to Simunye
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 1 day
Drive
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 1 night
Drive
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly to Tete, Drive to Mulanje
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 1 night
Fly to Dar es Salaam, Ferry to Zanzibar City
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bujumbura, Burundi
— 1 night
Fly
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Luanda, Angola
— 1 night
Fly
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Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
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Lusaka, Zambia
— 2 nights
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)

— 1 day
Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Hlane Royal National Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Simunye travel route planner.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Simunye is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Simunye is minus 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Simunye

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Maputo, Mozambique

— 1 night

City of Acacias

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 12th (Fri): head off the coast to Inhaca Island, get a new perspective on nature at Museu De Historia Natural de Maputo, admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Praca Independence Praça da Independência, and finally take in the exciting artwork at CCFM - Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Maputo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Simunye to Maputo in 2.5 hours. In March in Maputo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:

Tofo, Mozambique

— 1 night
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 13th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trot along with Cavalheiros Do Tofo, and then kick back and relax at Praia do Tofo. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra Beach and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tofo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Tofo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Mulanje.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Mulanje, Malawi

— 1 night
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. On the 15th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Mulanje.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mulanje travel planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Tofo to Mulanje takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Tofo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mulanje, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 24°C. You'll set off for Zanzibar City on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in Mulanje

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 3 nights
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Zanzibar City is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens, and relax and rejuvenate at The Spa at Park Hyatt Zanzibar.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Mulanje to Zanzibar City in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mulanje to Zanzibar City is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mulanje in March: high temperatures in Zanzibar City hover around 38°C and lows are around 29°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

Bujumbura, Burundi

— 1 night
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Rusizi National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bujumbura online route planner.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Bujumbura in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zanzibar City in March, expect Bujumbura to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can fly to Luanda.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:
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Luanda, Angola

— 1 night
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 21st (Sun): grab your bike and head to Avenida 4 de Fevereiro, soothe aching muscles at Sayanna Wellness, then get engrossed in the history at Museu da Moeda, and finally explore the galleries of Fortaleza de Sao Miguel. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Cabo Ledo, kick back and relax at Sangano Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Ilha do Mussulo.

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Traveling by flight from Bujumbura to Luanda takes 16 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bujumbura to Luanda is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bujumbura in March: highs in Luanda hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Livingstone.

Things to do in Luanda

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:

Livingstone, Zambia

— 2 nights
Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is known for nature, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Victoria Falls, get a dose of the wild on The Explorer Club, admire all the interesting features of Mukuni Village, and soothe aching muscles at Namakau's Health Spa.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Livingstone trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Luanda to Livingstone in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Luanda to Livingstone, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Luanda in March: high temperatures in Livingstone hover around 32°C and lows are around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lusaka.

Things to do in Livingstone

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Lusaka, Zambia

— 2 nights
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Chaminuka Game Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at 37D Gallery, head outdoors with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, and then examine the collection at Zambia National Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lusaka vacation planner.

You can fly from Livingstone to Lusaka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

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.

Mozambique travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Flea Markets
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.

Malawi travel guide

4.2
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.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Geologic Formations · Beaches · Safaris
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Burundi travel guide

2.9
Historic Sites · Monuments · National Parks
Heart of Africa
Though landlocked, Burundi provides plenty of chances to spend time close to the water, with the capital located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Tourism in Burundi focuses primarily on the capital and the natural areas and traditional towns just outside it, with pristine lakeside beaches to explore, along with tribal villages protecting centuries-old traditions. Civil war affected the country's economy and devastated its population between 1993 and 2005. Political unrest and violence began again in 2015.

Angola travel guide

3.7
Museums · Lookouts · Outdoor Activities
Kuwait of Africa
Tourism in Angola thrives as the country's infrastructure develops and attractions are restored following years of internal conflict. Holidays in Angola usually involve at least a little time at the beach, with the Atlantic coastline featuring long stretches of sand, wide estuaries, and small islands close to the main cities. A wealth of national parks shelter a rich array of wildlife, including African icons such as lions, elephants, and leopards, with barely a tourist in sight to disturb the natural order of things.

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.