22 days in Africa Itinerary

22 days in Africa Itinerary

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22 days in Africa Itinerary

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
Kampala, Uganda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Harare, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h
Buenos Aires, Argentina

3
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill. Mandela House and South Western Townships will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Union Buildings in Pretoria, about 56 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History and view the masterpieces at I was shot in Joburg.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to Johannesburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Johannesburg is 5 hours. When traveling from Buenos Aires in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mozambique Island.

Things to do in Johannesburg

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

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Mandela House, Union Buildings
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

1
day
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 7th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fort Sao Sebastian and then explore the world behind art at Governor's Palace Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mozambique Island online travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Johannesburg to Mozambique Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mozambique Island when traveling from Johannesburg in October, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kampala.

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#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Governor's Palace Museum ©
Governor's Palace Museum
Fort Sao Sebastian ©
Fort Sao Sebastian

1
day
Kampala, Uganda

Kampala ©
Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Mutanda, then admire the sheer force of Murchison Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Katwe Tourism Information Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Kasubi Tombs.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kampala trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Mozambique Island to Kampala takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mozambique Island to Kampala. In October, Kampala is slightly colder than Mozambique Island - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Kampala

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Katwe Tourism Information Centre, Lake Mutanda, Murchison Falls
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Katwe Tourism Information Centre ©
Lake Mutanda ©
Lake Mutanda
Kasubi Tombs ©
Kasubi Tombs

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hours
Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha ©
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Kampala to Arusha in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Arusha can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

#Shopping
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Shanga & Shanga Foundation ©
Shanga & Shanga Foundation

1
day
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park, admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), then head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and finally explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City travel planner .

You can fly from Arusha to Zanzibar City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Arusha in October, expect Zanzibar City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Harare.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
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Hamamni Persian Baths ©
Hamamni Persian Baths
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

1
day
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 13th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, don't miss a visit to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place, and then explore and take pictures at Matobo Hills.

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

Getting from Zanzibar City to Harare by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zanzibar City to Harare. Traveling from Zanzibar City in October, Harare is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Harare

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

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

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Safaris. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Harare to Victoria Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Harare in October; daily highs in Victoria Falls reach 40°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Safaris
River Rafting & Tubing

5
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Robben Island and South African Jewish Museum. Get in touch with nature at Boulders Beach and Cape of Good Hope. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Groote Kerk, stroll through Clifton Beaches, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip planning website .

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Victoria Falls in October, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Cape Town: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Robben Island ©
Robben Island
Boulders Beach ©
Boulders Beach
Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope

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