51 days in Johannesburg & Angola Itinerary

51 days in Johannesburg & Angola Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 35 nights
Fly
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Lubango, Angola
— 2 nights
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Benguela, Angola
— 2 nights
Fly
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Luanda, Angola
— 5 nights
Fly
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Soyo, Angola
— 1 night
Drive
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Muxima, Angola
— 2 nights
Fly
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Malanje, Angola
— 1 night
Drive
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Kalandula, Angola
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 35 nights

City of Light

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Brooklyn Mall, Voortrekker Monument, &more), Krugersdorp (Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve & 7th Heaven Scuba) and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens (in Roodepoort). Pack the 2nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Spend the 5th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, stop by Maboneng Precinct, try your luck at Montecasino, and learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip maker app.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are OR Tambo International Airport and Pilanesberg International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lubango.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Lubango, Angola

— 2 nights
Lubango is the capital city of the Angolan province of Huíla. On the 6th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Tundavala. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Serra da Leba and then contemplate the long history of Christ the King Statue.

Start your trip to Lubango by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Lubango in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Lubango. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Benguela.

Things to do in Lubango

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Benguela, Angola

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Populo, then get outside with Praia Da Caotinha, and then get outside with Praia da Baia Azul.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Benguela trip builder app.

Traveling by bus from Lubango to Benguela takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January in Benguela, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Luanda.

Things to do in Benguela

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

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Luanda, Angola

— 5 nights
After decades of conflict, Luanda experienced a massive economic boom at the beginning of the 21st century, making it one of the most developed cities in Africa and a magnet for tourists.
Luanda is known for museums, outdoors, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Fortaleza de Sao Miguel, get great views at Miradouro da Lua, relax and rejuvenate at Sayanna Wellness, and head off the coast to Ilha do Mussulo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Luanda route builder tool.

You can fly from Benguela to Luanda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Luanda are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Soyo.

Things to do in Luanda

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

Soyo, Angola

— 1 night
Soyo is a city located in the province of Zaire in Angola, at the mouth of the Congo river. On the 15th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Padrao de Sao Jorge.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Soyo trip itinerary site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Luanda to Soyo. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Muxima.
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Muxima, Angola

— 2 nights
Muxima is a town and commune in the municipality of Quiçama, Luanda Province, Angola. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the engineering at Parque Nacional da Quiçama. On your second day here, witness the site of a historic battle at Fortress of Muxima and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kwanza River.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Muxima online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Soyo to Muxima takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Malanje.

Things to do in Muxima

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Malanje, Angola

— 1 night
Malanje is the capital city of Malanje Province in Angola with a population of approximately 222,000. On the 18th (Tue), get outside with Black Stones of Pungo Andongo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Malanje online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Muxima to Malanje takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kalandula.

Things to do in Malanje

Outdoors
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Kalandula, Angola

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Kalandula Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kalandula day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Malanje to Kalandula takes 1.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Kalandula

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
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Angola travel guide

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Museums · Lookouts · Outdoor Activities
Kuwait of Africa
Tourism in Angola thrives as the country's infrastructure develops and attractions are restored following years of internal conflict. Holidays in Angola usually involve at least a little time at the beach, with the Atlantic coastline featuring long stretches of sand, wide estuaries, and small islands close to the main cities. A wealth of national parks shelter a rich array of wildlife, including African icons such as lions, elephants, and leopards, with barely a tourist in sight to disturb the natural order of things.