One month in Africa

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Feb 7th, 2017, 10:53 AM
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One month in Africa

Hey everyone! Looking for some feedback and advice on something I threw together for a one month trip my wife and I will be taking to Africa between Sept 27-Oct 28 2017. We are pretty fast paced travellers in terms that we like to see and do as much as we can in the time we have. I know it's not the most convenient to visit two totally different parts of the continent, but Tanzania safari/Zanzibar is essentially our 12ish day honeymoon while the rest we decided to add on to see the parts we've wanted to see for a while now. Although it would make sense to do Uganda/Kenya/Rwanda with Tanzania, I don't think we can afford the ridiculous gorilla trekking prices in Uganda, which is why we would want to go in the first place. Any recommendations on accommodation, food, places we've misses, places we are wasting on, an general itinerary changes would be greatly appreciated.

Sept 28
- Day in Cape Town
o V&A Waterfront
o Bo-Kapp
o CBD
o Long St
- Hike Lions Head for Sunset

Sept 29
- Day tour to Cape of Good Hope/Boulders Beach/Stellenbosch

Sept 30
- Kistenbosch Botanical Gardens
- Camps Bay for lunch and beach day

Oct 1
- Hike Table Mountain
- Go to place (possibly Mzoli’s) for Braai

Oct 2

- Robben island tour @ 9am
- Clifton beach
- Fly to Windeheok at 7pm
o Air Namibia

Oct 3

- Pick up rental vehicle/supplies
- Drive Windenheok to Etosha NP
o Visit Spitzkoppe on the way??
- Overnight Etosha
Oct 4

- Full day in Etosha NP
- Overnight Etosha

Oct 5

- Full Day in Etosha NP
- Overnight in Etosha

Oct 6

- Drive Etosha NP to Swakopmund
o Visit Twyfelfontein, Skeleton Coast, Cape Cross on the way
- Overnight in Swakopmund

Oct 7

- Day in Swakopmund/Walvis Bay
- Overnight Swakopmund

Oct 8

- Drive Swakopmund to Sossusvlei
o Visit Sesriem Canyon on the way
- Overnight in Sossusvlei

Oct 9

- Visit Dune 45 for sunrise
- Sossusvlei
- Deadvlei
- Overnight in Sossusvlei

Oct 10

- Drive Sossusvlei to Windehoek
- Drop off vehicle
- Overnight in Windehoek

Oct 11
- Fly Windehoek to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) @ 1130am
o Air Namibia flt SW405 1135-1310
- See Falls from Zimbabwe side
- Sunset cruise of Zamezi river
- Dinner at ‘Boma restaurant’ ??
- Sleep in Victoria Falls

Oct 12

- Early breakfast, rent bikes and ride around Chinotimba, Zambezi river
- Cross border and do Devil’s Pool lunch package
- Visit to Mukuni village
- Overnight in Victoria Falls

Oct 13

- Pick up for 2 day/1 night safari in Chobe NO

Oct 14

- Return from safari
- Overnight in Victoria Falls

Oct 15

- Fly Livingstone to Johannesburg @1pm
- SAA flt SA49 1300-1445
- Overnight n Jo’Burg (likely airport hotel)

Oct 16

- Fly Jo’Burg to Das es Salaam @ 1030am
- SAA ft SA186 1030-1450
- Fly Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar 1710-1730pm
- Overnight in Stonetown

Oct 17

- Day in Stonetown
- Overnight in Stonetown

Oct 18
- Day in Stonetown
- Travel to Nungui
- Overnight in Nungui

Oct 19

- Day in Nungui
- Overnight in Nungui

Oct 20

- Day in Nungui
- Overnight in Nungui

Oct 21

- Fly Zanzibar to Arusha
- Overnight in Arusha

Oct 22 - Oct 27
- Start 6 day safari tour (Arusha NP, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire)

Oct 28
- Fly out from Kiliminjaro connecting to Vancouver

Oh, and these days and activities aren't set in stone. I was just plugging in activities based on the days we have to see where things would work...For Cape Town, it will be based on feel for what we want to do each day, just as long as we can try to see all of those listed things.

Finally, it took me a long time to come up with this route plan because I was trying my hardest to visit Okavango Delta. With the trip over to Tanzania, which essentially wastes 2 travel days, it makes it tough to visit as it isn't the easiest place to get to in Botswana. Did I miss something regarding that? Anyone have any recommendations on how that may work in somewhere or instead of something?
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Feb 9th, 2017, 01:14 AM
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It's hard, but if you're fit an up for it I definitely*
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Feb 9th, 2017, 06:07 AM
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You may want to try posting this in the Safaritalk Trip Planning forum (safaritalk.net) The folks there are far more versed in safaris than most here, many are veterans of dozens of trips all over Africa. It's more real people who go on lots of safaris rather than safari planners trying to get your business. I think it would be well worth your while to run this itinerary by them.
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Feb 10th, 2017, 03:42 AM
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Love your beginning SA part and your Namibia is nice. I've done that exact Namibia trip pretty much. If you are adventurous, try sand boarding while in Swakopmund. I wish you would give more time to Joberg, at least another night to take in the history and culture of the country from another point of view, and I think you move way too fast on the safari part in Tanzania. I get it as I wanted to see it all. In the end I chose a part of the Serengeti for the best chance of seeing the migration, the Crater and Lake Eyasi as I wanted to trek with two of the oldest tribes in Africa. I missed out on a lot but what I did do was so satisfying. And I will go back one day! Sounds like an amazing trip. Thrilled you have a month. Enjoy!
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