22 days in Africa Itinerary

22 days in Africa Itinerary

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22 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h
2
Tofo, Mozambique
— 4 nights
Drive:  20​h 30​min
3
Mulanje, Malawi
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
5
Lusaka, Zambia
— 2 nights
6
Livingstone, Zambia
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Drive:  17​h 15​min
8
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
End: Cape Town, South Africa

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct and then get curious at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg journey planner .

Cape Town to Johannesburg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. December in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Neighborhoods Childrens Museums Museums
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Maboneng Precinct ©
Maboneng Precinct
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre ©
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

4
nights
Tofo, Mozambique

Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque Nacional de Bazaruto and Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Relax by the water at Praia do Tofo and Barra Beach. There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tofo tour itinerary site .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Tofo in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tofo when traveling from Johannesburg in December, with lows around 26°C. On the 19th (Thu), you're off toMulanje.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nacional de Bazaruto, Barra Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto ©
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo

6
nights
Mulanje, Malawi

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Mulanje and Zomba Plateau. Step out of the city life by going to Majete Wildlife Reserve and Lake Chilwa. Step out of Mulanje with an excursion to King African Rifles Monument in Zomba--about 1h 40 min away.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mulanje visit planning tool .

Getting from Tofo to Mulanje by combination of flight and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Mulanje are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 26th (Thu), you're off toLilongwe.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Zomba, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Lake Chilwa
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje
Majete Wildlife Reserve ©
Majete Wildlife Reserve
Zomba Plateau ©
Zomba Plateau

2
nights
Lilongwe, Malawi

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
On the 26th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, and then stroll through Nature Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maula Cathedral, then stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lilongwe itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Mulanje to Lilongwe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Nature Sanctuary ©
Nature Sanctuary

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lower Zambezi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Zambia National Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parays Game Ranch, and then hunt for treasures at Pakati Sunday Market.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lusaka trip planning app .

Fly from Lilongwe to Lusaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Livingstone.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lower Zambezi National Park ©
Lower Zambezi National Park
Parays Game Ranch ©
Parays Game Ranch
Zambia National Museum ©
Zambia National Museum

1
night
Livingstone, Zambia

Tourism in Livingstone, a town nestled on the Zimbabwean border, thrives largely thanks to the nearby Victoria Falls.
On the 31st (Tue), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Livingstone online itinerary planner .

Fly from Lusaka to Livingstone in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Livingstone are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Livingstone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris

2
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Prime Art Gallery, and then admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls trip planner .

Victoria Falls is very close to Livingstone. Traveling from Livingstone in December, expect nights in Victoria Falls to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mandela House.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg trip builder .

Fly from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Victoria Falls in January, plan for little chillier nights in Johannesburg, with lows around 19°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Historic Sites
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Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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