30 days in Africa Itinerary

30 days in Africa Itinerary

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30 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  26​h
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Lusaka, Zambia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Windhoek, Namibia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Gaborone, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Okavango Delta, Botswana
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  24​h
End: Washington DC, United States

7
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johannesburg: Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings), Montecasino (in Sandton) and Sterkfontein Cave (in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site). Spend the 17th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market on Main, steep yourself in history at South Western Townships, and don't miss a visit to Nelson Mandela Square.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Johannesburg vacation planner.

Washington DC, USA to Johannesburg is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Johannesburg, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 82°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Casinos Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, The Cradle of Humankind, Sterkfontein Cave
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

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 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Kafue National Park. Spend the 24th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Zambezi River, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka, head outdoors with The Lilayi Elephant Nursery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Munda Wanga Environmental Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lusaka vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Lusaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Zambezi River, Kafue National Park
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Kafue National Park ©
Kafue National Park
Zambezi River ©
Zambezi River
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka ©

3
nights
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.
Windhoek is known for parks, museums, nightlife, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, admire the striking features of Christuskirche, explore and take pictures at Okapuka Ranch, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Namibia Craft Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Windhoek trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Lusaka to Windhoek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lusaka to Windhoek due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in December, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gaborone.

Things to do in Windhoek

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fish River Canyon Nationalpark, Burnt Mountain
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NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark ©
Fish River Canyon Nationalpark

3
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.
Pack the 31st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Lion Park Resort. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ the King Cathedral, stroll through Mokolodi Nature Reserve, get outside with Kgale Hill, and appreciate the history behind Three Chiefs' Statues.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gaborone custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Windhoek to Gaborone takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Windhoek to Gaborone, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Windhoek in December, you will find days in Gaborone are a bit warmer (100°F), and nights are much hotter (100°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Okavango Delta.

Things to do in Gaborone

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

3
nights
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta ©
Listed as a World Heritage Site, Okavango Delta represents a sanctuary for a rich and diverse animal and plant life, which continues to attract swarms of tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers.
On the 1st (Mon), stroll through Okavango Delta. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Okavango Delta trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Gaborone to Okavango Delta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Gaborone in December, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Okavango Delta: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Okavango Delta

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

NG/32 Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust
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Moremi Wildlife Reserve ©
Moremi Wildlife Reserve

6
nights
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: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, explore and take pictures at Robben Island, and kick back and relax at Clifton Beaches.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Okavango Delta to Cape Town takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Okavango Delta in January, expect Cape Town to be slightly colder, temps between 81°F and 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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