30 days in Africa Itinerary

30 days in Africa Itinerary

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30 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Queenstown, New Zealand
Fly:  31​h
1
Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tofo, Mozambique
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Gaborone, Botswana
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Kasane, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Livingstone, Zambia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Lusaka, Zambia
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Harare, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
Fly:  32​h
End: Queenstown, New Zealand

2
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 historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Maputo Central Train Station, take in nature's colorful creations at Louis Tregardt Memorial Garden, head off the coast to Inhaca Island, and steep yourself in history at Fortaleza da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao.

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Queenstown, New Zealand to Maputo is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Maputo is minus 10 hours. In May, daytime highs in Maputo are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Shopping Parks Nature
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Maputo Central Train Station ©
Maputo Central Train Station
Inhaca Island ©
Inhaca Island

1
night
Tofo, Mozambique

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tofo online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Maputo to Tofo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Beaches Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo

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 13th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vilanculos trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Tofo to Vilanculos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Vilanculos, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Wildlife Adventure Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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, theme parks, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, get a sense of history and politics at National Assembly Building, pause for some photo ops at Three Chiefs' Statues, and stop by Botswanacraft.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gaborone holiday maker website .

Traveling by flight from Vilanculos to Gaborone takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vilanculos in May: highs in Gaborone hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Kasane.

Things to do in Gaborone

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Mokolodi Nature Reserve ©
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Christ the King Cathedral ©
Christ the King Cathedral
Botswanacraft ©
Botswanacraft

1
night
Kasane, Botswana

Kasane ©
Kasane is a town in Botswana, close to Africa's 'Four Corners', where four countries almost meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. On the 17th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chobe National Park. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through CARACAL Biodiversity Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kasane trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Gaborone to Kasane by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Gaborone in May, you will find days in Kasane are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Kasane

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Savute Reserve
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Chobe National Park ©
Chobe National Park
Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve

6
nights
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.
Spend the 20th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Victoria Falls online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Livingstone.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Mukuni Village
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Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge
Safaris

2
nights
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
On the 25th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Livingstone Museum, then stroll through Livingstone Reptile Park, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the next day, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Livingstone trip itinerary planning app .

Livingstone is just a short distance from Victoria Falls. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Livingstone

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Livingstone Museum ©
Livingstone Museum
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
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 28th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Kafue National Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Zambezi River, look for gifts at Kabwata Cultural Village, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kapishya Hot Springs, and buy something for everyone on your list at Eastpark Mall.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lusaka trip site .

Getting from Livingstone to Lusaka by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Zambezi River, Kapishya Hot Springs, Kafue National Park
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Zambezi River ©
Zambezi River
Chaminuka Game Reserve ©
Chaminuka Game Reserve
Kafue National Park ©
Kafue National Park

3
nights
Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Lilongwe is known for parks, shopping, nightlife, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, don't miss a visit to Tindoz d'Afrique, stroll through Nature Sanctuary, and pause for some serene contemplation at Maula Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lilongwe day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Lusaka to Lilongwe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Lilongwe, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Harare.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Maula Cathedral ©
Maula Cathedral

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 4th (Mon), meet the residents at Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, then don't miss a visit to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place, and then admire all the interesting features of Matobo Hills.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Harare trip planner .

Getting from Lilongwe to Harare by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lilongwe in June, Harare is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN ©
Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place ©
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place
Matobo Hills ©
Matobo Hills

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