30 days in Africa Itinerary

30 days in Africa Itinerary

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30 days in Africa Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Bujumbura, Burundi
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kigali, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Lusaka, Zambia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Blantyre, Malawi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Maputo, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Windhoek, Namibia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
Durban, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
London, United Kingdom

5
days
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 22nd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the verdant scenery at Great Rift Valley, and have some family-friendly fun at GP Karting.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nairobi trip planner .

London, UK to Nairobi is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern African Time is 3 hours. Traveling from London in April, expect Nairobi to be much warmer, temps between 29°C and 19°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Nairobi

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Great Rift Valley, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

1
day
Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura ©
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Rusizi National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bujumbura travel route planner .

Getting from Nairobi to Bujumbura by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Nairobi to Bujumbura, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nairobi in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bujumbura, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Bujumbura

#Nature, #Parks
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Rusizi National Park ©
Rusizi National Park

2
days
Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Ruhengeri ©
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcans National Park and then contemplate the long history of Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Virunga National Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ruhengeri trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Bujumbura to Ruhengeri takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bujumbura in April: high temperatures in Ruhengeri hover around 24°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kigali.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iby'iwacu Cultural Village
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Volcans National Park ©
Volcans National Park
Virunga National Park ©
Virunga National Park

2
days
Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali ©
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stop by Haute Baso, then get lost in a book at Librarie Ikirezi, then examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, and finally explore the activities along Lake Kivu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ntarama Church and then admire all the interesting features of Amahoro Stadium.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kigali online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Ruhengeri to Kigali takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ruhengeri in April, expect nights in Kigali to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Kigali

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Lake Kivu
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Lake Kivu ©
Lake Kivu
Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Ntarama Church ©
Ntarama Church

3
days
Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka ©
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.
Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Kafue National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Zambezi River, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka, head outdoors with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, and browse the different shops at Eastpark Mall.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lusaka trip site .

Traveling by flight from Kigali to Lusaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Lusaka

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapishya Hot Springs, Kafue National Park, Zambezi River
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Zambezi River ©
Zambezi River
Kafue National Park ©
Kafue National Park
Kapishya Hot Springs ©
Kapishya Hot Springs

1
day
Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lilongwe road trip planner.

You can fly from Lusaka to Lilongwe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Blantyre.

Things to do in Lilongwe

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Nkhoma Mountain ©
Nkhoma Mountain
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

0
days
Blantyre, Malawi

Blantyre ©
As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.
To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Blantyre route planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lilongwe to Blantyre in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Lilongwe in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Blantyre, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Maputo.

Things to do in Blantyre

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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St.Michael's and All Angels Church ©

1
day
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 5th (Sat): savor the flavors at FEIMA - Feira de Artesanato, Flores e Gastronomica.

To find out how to plan a trip to Maputo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Blantyre to Maputo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Windhoek.
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2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through NamibRand Nature Reserve and then explore the stunning scenery at Fish River Canyon Nationalpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at The Diamond Works and then stroll through Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve.

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You can fly from Maputo to Windhoek in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Maputo to Windhoek, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Maputo in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Windhoek. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Windhoek

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Fish River Canyon Nationalpark
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark ©
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark
Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve ©
Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve

6
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.
Cape Town is known for nature, parks, beaches, adventure, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Table Mountain National Park.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Windhoek to Cape Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Windhoek to Cape Town is 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Windhoek in May: highs in Cape Town hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

3
days
Durban, South Africa

Durban ©
Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Step out of Durban to go to Ballito and see Thompson's Bay Beach, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: cool off at uShaka Marine World, kick back and relax at Golden Mile, take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens, and stroll through Umhlanga Main Beach.

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Fly from Cape Town to Durban in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Durban: highs are around 31°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Durban

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, Thompson's Bay Beach
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Umhlanga Main Beach ©
Umhlanga Main Beach
Moses Mabhida Stadium ©
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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