Africa & the Middle East Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Six weeks in Africa: Tanzania + Southern Africa

Jump to last reply

Hi all,

Me and a few friends have six weeks in July and August to travel this summer, and we are starting to put together an itinerary. Our initial idea is to do a two part trip consisting of the following.

Part 1: Tanzania

We heard that June is the ideal time to visit the Serengeti for a chance to see migrating wildebeests cross the Grumeti river. Would early July most likely be too late for this? What is the ideal amount of time to spend there? Also, are there other parks we should consider instead of the Serengeti? I pose this last question because the wikitravel site actually says that the Serengeti gets packed with tourists, and Ruaha National Park is (according to locals) much better.

Part 2: Southern Africa

In the second leg, we are hoping to do a road trip that starts in Capetown, goes up the Skeleton Coast into Etosha, cut east and visit the Okavango Delta, before turning south and ending the trip in Johannesburg. What would be the ideal amount of time for this type of trip, and would it be worth doing in mid July / early August? Any driving concerns we should be aware of? Route suggestions or interesting stops along the way?

Would love to hear any general feedback on this plan, or any hidden "off the beaten path" destinations that we can incorporate. My friends and I are experienced at traveling in developing countries, and generally enjoy active, outdoor activities. None of us have been to Africa before though, so we would also be interested in visiting unique towns to experience the local culture.

Thanks in advance for the help :)

17 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Writers Needed for Japan
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Mar 26, 15 at 02:38 PM
View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report 3 weeks in Uganda - Our Experience
  2. 2 Popular destinations in Africa.
  3. 3 Trip Report Central African Republic: Open for Tourists Again
  4. 4 Trip Report Morocco Sahara Desert Tour Experience
  5. 5 LION WORLD TRAVEL
  6. 6 Trip Report Five Thousand Years in 19 days - Pyramids, Tombs, Camels and a River
  7. 7 Nairobi airport - any updates?
  8. 8 Boutique hotels in israel
  9. 9 Tanzania Self Drive June 2015
  10. 10 Early Planning for Spring/Summer 2016 - Wild Dogs, Leopards and Cheetahs
  11. 11 Rip-off Warning: Duty Free Shop in Dar es Salaam
  12. 12 Short layover at JNB
  13. 13 Winelands, South Africa - Need a Plan
  14. 14 Angata Ngorongoro v Rhino Ldg/Angata Bolongoja v Tingitana Nrth Serengeti
  15. 15 Trip Report A family safari in Tanzania
  16. 16 Uganda or Rwanda?
  17. 17 Trip Report Just Back: Taming Kilimanjaro and northern Tanzania
  18. 18 Driving from Casablanca to Marrakesh?
  19. 19 Soweto guide and pricing to expect?
  20. 20 8 nights in Dubai...need advice regarding Dubai/Petra combo.
  21. 21 Safari in Tanzania with Zinga African Safaris
  22. 22 Any Experience with Africa Tours?
  23. 23 Tanzania Safari Itinerary Help Please?!!...Or Book When I Get There?
  24. 24 Uganda/Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
  25. 25 Israel and Petra
View next 25 » Back to the top