31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Maseru, Lesotho
— 3 nights
Fly to Johannesburg, Shuttle to Ezulwini
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Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 3 nights
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland)
— 2 nights
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Maputo, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 4 nights
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Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 3 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Attractions like Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Johannesburg's surroundings by going to The Cradle of Humankind (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site), Ukutula Conservation Center (in Brits) and Lion and Safari Park (in Broederstroom). There's still lots to do: stop by Maboneng Precinct, appreciate the history behind Voortrekker Monument, get some fabulous bargains at The Diamond Ring By GC Manufacturing Jewellery, and make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg attractions planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Johannesburg is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In July, Johannesburg is cooler than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Maseru.
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Maseru, Lesotho — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Maseru: Gates of Paradise Pass (in Malealea), Ha Kome Cave Houses (in Teyateyaneng) and Morija Museum & Archives (in Morija). The adventure continues: see human ingenuity at work at Katse Dam, steep yourself in history at Thaba-Bosiu National Monument, buy something for everyone on your list at Pioneer Mall, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maluti Mountains.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Maseru online itinerary maker.

Fly from Johannesburg to Maseru in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Maseru: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Ezulwini.
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Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive
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Ezulwini, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 3 nights

Valley of Heaven

Removed from the bigger and busier parts of the country, Ezulwini Valley represents a quiet place where visitors can relax but at the same time discover the wildlife that spreads across this region.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ezulwini: Ngwenya (Lion Cavern & Ngwenya Mine). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Swaziland Islamic Centre, get a dose of the wild on Mantenga Craft & Lifestyle Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Malolotja Nature Reserve, and contemplate the long history of Mantenga Cultural Village.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ezulwini online journey planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Maseru to Ezulwini in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. Traveling from Maseru in July, you will find days in Ezulwini are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Simunye.
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Simunye, Eswatini (Swaziland) — 2 nights

Simunye is a sugar mill town on the lowveld in eastern Swaziland. On the 12th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Hlane Royal National Park. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lebombo Mountains, identify plant and animal life at Mbuluzi Game Reserve and Lodges, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mlawula Nature Reserve.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Simunye online holiday maker.

You can drive from Ezulwini to Simunye in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Maputo.
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Maputo, Mozambique — 4 nights

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.
Maputo is known for sightseeing, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an exotic tour of Tours Maputo, admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroquia Santo Antonio, and see the interesting displays at Museu dos CFM.

Plan a Maputo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Simunye to Maputo in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Chobe National Park.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
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Chobe National Park, Botswana — 4 nights

A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
Chobe National Park is known for parks, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Savute Reserve, get a dose of the wild on Big Sam Hubber, and walk around Seboba Nature and Recreational Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park attractions planning app.

You can fly from Maputo to Chobe National Park in 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ngamiland East.
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Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Ngamiland East, Botswana — 3 nights

Ngamiland East, a sub-district of Botswana's North-East District, is all about the wildlife and safaris.
Step out of Ngamiland East with an excursion to Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Moremi Game Reserve--about 58 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Bush Calls Safaris and stop by Motsana Maun.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ngamiland East trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In July in Ngamiland East, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Kids will enjoy Cape Point and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, examine the collection at District Six Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and stop by Bo-kaap.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip website.

Fly from Ngamiland East to Cape Town in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ngamiland East in July, you will find days in Cape Town are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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Lesotho travel guide

4.1
Biking Trails · Dams · Waterfalls
Kingdom in the Sky
Mountainous Lesotho lends itself well to an adventurous holiday itinerary. Entirely located above 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in elevation, the country enjoys a cool climate with around 300 days of sunshine each year. Explorations of the mountains form the backbone of many Lesotho holidays. Remote villages located way up in the highlands, only accessible on foot or by horseback, offer a glimpse into the country's authentic culture with their lively markets, traditional eateries, and musical traditions.
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Eswatini (Swaziland) travel guide

3.5
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.
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Mozambique travel guide

4.1
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.
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Botswana travel guide

3.7
Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.
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