31 days in United States & Africa Itinerary

31 days in United States & Africa Itinerary

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31 days in United States & Africa Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
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Denver, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
2
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kampala, Uganda
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Arusha, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
6
Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Ngamiland East, Botswana
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
9
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Denver, United States

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Denver, United States

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Denver Botanic Gardens and Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Do some cultural sightseeing at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and 16th Street Mall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder), Estes Park (Estes Park Visitor Center, The Studio Fine Art and Framing, & more) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver visit planning tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Denver International Airport. August in Denver sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Estes Park, Trail Ridge Road, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Pearl Street Mall
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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Nairobi, Kenya

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Matbronze Wildlife Art and Upepo Photography Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi National Museum. Spend the 6th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, take in the exciting artwork at Fundii Centre for the Arts, browse the exhibits of One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, and browse the different shops at The Hub Karen.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Nairobi takes 23.5 hours. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Denver to Nairobi due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Denver in August: highs in Nairobi hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Safaris
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Kampala, Uganda

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.
Social Innovation Museum and Gaddafi National Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Uganda Crafts 2000 Limited and Afriart Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 10th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Katwe Tourism Information Centre, delve into the lush surroundings at Maramagambo Forest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Adventures Uganda.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kampala road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Nairobi to Kampala takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nairobi in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kampala, with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Kampala

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trip

Queen Elizabeth National Park
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Safaris
Katwe Tourism Information Centre ©
Katwe Tourism Information Centre
Social Innovation Museum ©
Social Innovation Museum

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Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
For shopping fun, head to Shanga & Shanga Foundation or Cultural Arts Centre. Make the 13th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 15th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Arusha trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Kampala to Arusha takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Arusha when traveling from Kampala in August, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shanga & Shanga Foundation ©
Shanga & Shanga Foundation

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Fahari Zanzibar or Dr Bulugu Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Hamamni Persian Baths. When in Zanzibar City, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in Nungwi, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, browse the exhibits of Cultural Arts Centre Zanzibar, take an in-depth tour of Peace Memorial Museum (Beit el Amani), and view the masterpieces at Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip builder website .

Fly from Arusha to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, Zanzibar City is a bit warmer than Arusha - with highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hamamni Persian Baths ©
Hamamni Persian Baths

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Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Savute Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Serondela Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Chobe National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Chobe National Park in 10.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zanzibar City to Chobe National Park due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Ngamiland East.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Savute Reserve ©
Savute Reserve
Nogatsaa and Tchinga ©
Nogatsaa and Tchinga
Serondela Reserve ©
Serondela Reserve

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Ngamiland East, Botswana

Ngamiland East ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Okavango Delta.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Ngamiland East itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Ngamiland East. In August, daily temperatures in Ngamiland East can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Ngamiland East

Parks Wildlife
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Okavango Delta ©
Okavango Delta

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Apartheid Museum and Maboneng Precinct. For shopping fun, head to Kim Sacks Gallery or Pretoria Farmers Market. Spend the 25th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, stop by Finders Keepers Market, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg tour itinerary website .

You can fly from Ngamiland East to Johannesburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, Johannesburg is a bit cooler than Ngamiland East - with highs of 73°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Pretoria Farmers Market
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Greenmarket Square and Prins & Prins. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robben Island Museum and Maclear's Beacon. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape of Good Hope, take a stroll through Bo-kaap, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip planner .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Johannesburg in August: highs in Cape Town hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Groot Constantia ©
Groot Constantia

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