38 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

38 days in Europe & Africa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
2
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
3
Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa
— 2 nights
4
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
5
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
6
Kigali, Rwanda
— 1 day
7
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 3 nights
8
Masindi, Uganda
— 3 nights
9
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 9 nights

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our London online trip itinerary maker.

Darwin, Australia to London is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9.5 hours traveling from Darwin to London. Traveling from Darwin in December, things will get colder in London: highs are around °C and lows about °C. On the 11th (Wed), you're off to Cape Town.

Things to do in London

Nightlife Fun & Games Parks
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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.
To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cape Town tour builder website.

Getting from London to Cape Town by flight takes about 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cape Town is 2 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Cape Town at °C and lows at °C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

Things to do in Cape Town

Tours Outdoors Wineries
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2
nights
Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Hluhluwe Game Reserve ©
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve tour itinerary maker site.

Explore your travel options from Cape Town to Hluhluwe Game Reserve with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: highs in Hluhluwe Game Reserve hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Parks Wildlife
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Zulu Croc Reptile Park ©
Zulu Croc Reptile Park

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visiting Siduli Hide and Elephant Hills Golf Club will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and explore the galleries of Prime Art Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Victoria Falls tour itinerary maker app.

Explore your travel options from Hluhluwe Game Reserve to Victoria Falls with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hwange National Park.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing
Zipline

2
nights
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park ©
On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Painted Dog Conservation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Hwange National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hwange National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Hwange National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You will leave for Kigali on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Hwange National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Painted Dog Conservation
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Hwange National Park ©
Hwange National Park
Painted Dog Conservation ©
Painted Dog Conservation

1
day
Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali ©
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint-Famille Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kigali trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hwange National Park to Kigali. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Hwange National Park in December; daily highs in Kigali reach °C and lows reach °C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Goma.

Things to do in Kigali

Historic Sites
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Saint-Famille Church ©
Saint-Famille Church

3
nights
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Goma ©
Nestled between two opposites--a lake and a volcano--Goma represents an adventurous vacation spot.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Nyiragongo and Lake Kivu.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Goma trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kigali to Goma takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kigali in December: highs in Goma hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 30th (Mon), you're off to Masindi.

Things to do in Goma

Parks Nature
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Mount Nyiragongo ©
Mount Nyiragongo
Lake Kivu ©
Lake Kivu

3
nights
Masindi, Uganda

Masindi ©
Masindi is a town in the Western Region of Uganda. Take a break from the city and head to Budongo Central Forest Reserve and Royal Mile Budongo Forest. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Polish Cemetery Masindi and Budongo Forest.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Masindi trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Goma to Masindi. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Goma in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Masindi, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Masindi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Budongo Forest, Budongo Central Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Budongo Forest ©
Budongo Forest
Budongo Central Forest Reserve ©
Budongo Central Forest Reserve
Royal Mile Budongo Forest ©
Royal Mile Budongo Forest

9
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Escape the urban bustle at Seronera and Retima Hippo Pool. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grumeti River and Naabi Hill. Change things up with a short trip to Olduvai Gorge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area (about 1h 45 min away). There's more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Serengeti National Park tour itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Masindi to Serengeti National Park. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Masindi in January, with highs in Serengeti National Park at °C and lows at °C. You will leave for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Olduvai Gorge
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 12:
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool
Olduvai Gorge ©
Olduvai Gorge

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