17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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Praslin Island, Seychelles
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Chamarel, Mauritius
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Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Kigali, Rwanda
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Bujumbura, Burundi
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Kampala, Uganda
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Chirongui, Mayotte
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Moheli, Comoros
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Mogadishu, Somalia
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Djibouti, Djibouti
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Asmara, Eritrea
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Praslin Island, Seychelles

— 1 night
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): shop like a local with Galerie Passerose and then enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Lazio.

Discover how to plan a Praslin Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Vancouver, Canada to Praslin Island is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Vancouver to Praslin Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in December, expect Praslin Island to be much hotter, temps between 35°C and 29°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Chamarel.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Chamarel, Mauritius

— 1 night
The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Chamarel Waterfall and then take in the dramatic natural features at Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Chamarel trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Praslin Island to Chamarel takes 8 hours. In December, daytime highs in Chamarel are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Saint-Leu.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

— 1 night
Saint-Leu is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Leu travel planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Chamarel to Saint-Leu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Saint-Leu are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Nosy Be, Madagascar

— 1 night

Perfume Island

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nosy Be day trip app.

Fly from Saint-Leu to Nosy Be in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Saint-Leu to Nosy Be, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Nosy Be are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 1 night
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zanzibar City road trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Nosy Be to Zanzibar City in 20 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Arusha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Arusha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In December, Arusha is a bit cooler than Zanzibar City - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. You will leave for Kigali on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Kigali, Rwanda

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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 17th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Niyo Arts Gallery, examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, and then look for gifts at Azizi Life Boutique.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kigali trip planner.

Getting from Arusha to Kigali by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from East Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Bujumbura, Burundi

Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bujumbura online travel route planner.

You can fly from Kigali to Bujumbura in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kigali in December, Bujumbura is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Kampala, Uganda

— 1 night
Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kampala trip maker.

You can fly from Bujumbura to Kampala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bujumbura to Kampala is 1 hour. Traveling from Bujumbura in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kampala, with lows around 22°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to Chirongui.

Things to do in Kampala

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Chirongui, Mayotte

— 1 night
Chirongui is a commune in the French overseas department of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. On the 19th (Sat), get outside with Mont Choungui.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chirongui trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Kampala to Chirongui takes 17.5 hours. Traveling from Kampala in December, things will get a bit warmer in Chirongui: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Moheli.

Things to do in Chirongui

Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
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Moheli, Comoros

— 1 day
Mohéli, also known as Mwali, is an autonomous island in that forms part of the Union of the Comoros.LocationMohéli is located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Moheli tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Chirongui to Moheli takes 4 hours. You'll set off for Nairobi on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Moheli

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

Nairobi, Kenya

— 1 day

Green City in the Sun

You're likely to visit Nairobi at least once on a trip to Kenya, as the sprawling city houses the country's international airport and remains the jump-off point for many tours and safaris.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): look for gifts at Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop), then browse the exhibits of Karen Blixen Museum, and then stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nairobi trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Moheli to Nairobi takes 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Mogadishu.

Things to do in Nairobi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Mogadishu, Somalia

— 1 night

White Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Swim in the warm waters, stroll over white sand, or play volleyball and other sports on the beaches of Mogadishu, the White Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Shanghai Old City.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mogadishu travel planner.

Fly from Nairobi to Mogadishu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nairobi in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Mogadishu: highs are around 35°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly to Djibouti.
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Djibouti, Djibouti

— 1 night

Pearl of the Gulf of Tadjoura

Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
On the 23rd (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Day Forest National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Djibouti visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Mogadishu to Djibouti takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Djibouti

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

— 1 night

City of Humans

A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa day trip site.

Fly from Djibouti to Addis Ababa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Djibouti in December, expect nights in Addis Ababa to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Asmara.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Asmara, Eritrea

— 1 night

Little Rome

Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the striking features of Cinema Roma.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Asmara journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Asmara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Seychelles travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Islands · Forests
Luxury to please visitors with deep pockets and scenery to astound the eye and warm the soul--that's Seychelles in a nutshell. The coastal areas boast a number of upscale beach resorts, with the fine sands and bright blue sea drawing visitors from distant corners of the world. The matriarchal culture that predominates in most households around the archipelago represents a fascinating cultural quirk to learn about during holidays in Seychelles, while the tropical rhythms of the local Creole folk music set the pace of everyday life.

Mauritius travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Island of Rainbows and Shooting Stars
A small but surprisingly multicultural island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius sits just east of Madagascar and offers a white-sand coastline lapped by sapphire waters. The contrasts of colors, tastes, and cultures here makes a vacation in Mauritius richly rewarding, with plenty to do along the coast and deeper inland. A tour of Mauritius usually includes long stops at the island's beaches, which serve as launching points for deep-sea fishing trips, dolphin-watching excursions, and scuba diving adventures. Farther away from the water, you can discover a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Mauritius is made for explorations on foot, with several volcanic summits and a large national park sheltering abundant species of indigenous plants and birds.

Reunion Island travel guide

4.3
Parasailing & Paragliding · Nature & Parks · Aquariums
Known for its volcanic forested interior, Reunion Island also features beaches and coral reefs. The island's most famous landmark is a climbable volcano (active), standing over 2,600 m (8,600 ft) above sea level. Other climbing destinations include an extinct volcano and three calderas, a type of naturally formed amphitheaters created by collapsed volcanoes. Plan your next holiday on Reunion Island if you're looking for great views and majestic landscapes.

Madagascar travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Rwanda travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nature & Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.

Burundi travel guide

2.9
Nature & Parks · Historic Sites · Monuments
Heart of Africa
Though landlocked, Burundi provides plenty of chances to spend time close to the water, with the capital located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Tourism in Burundi focuses primarily on the capital and the natural areas and traditional towns just outside it, with pristine lakeside beaches to explore, along with tribal villages protecting centuries-old traditions. Civil war affected the country's economy and devastated its population between 1993 and 2005. Political unrest and violence began again in 2015.

Uganda travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.

Mayotte travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Outdoor Activities · Nature & Parks
An archipelago between Madagascar and Mozambique, Mayotte is an overseas region of France. Surrounded by a coral barrier reef, Mayotte is a popular diving destination. Most visitors on holiday in Mayotte enjoy its marine reserve and sheltered lagoon. Others go there to hike to a volcanic peak offering great views, see the wildlife on land, or watch out for humpback whales, making an appearance in the lagoon in late summer.

Comoros travel guide

3.6
Nature & Parks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Museums
Exotic Comoros offers a different take on the archetypal paradise island. The remote collection of varied landmasses endured a turbulent history, with nearly 20 coups since its independence in 1975. The political situation has calmed in recent years, allowing tourism in Comoros to develop thanks to a good offering of white-sand beaches, volcanic peaks, and underwater worlds rich in wildlife. Devoutly Muslim, the locals frown upon the consumption of alcohol and bare skin--few foreign tourists are bothered by this, as most come for the off-the-beaten track adventuring rather than beach-bar relaxation.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.

Somalia travel guide

3.8
Geologic Formations · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
With ancient historical sites, the longest coastline on the continent, a rich and varied cuisine, and sprawling desert and savannah landscapes, Somalia has plenty to make it appealing to international visitors. Events in the recent past, however, made holidays in Somalia nearly impossible. The civil war that began in 1991 led to the country being declared a failed state. The introduction of a new constitution and government in 2012 has led to a glimmer of optimism.

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.

Eritrea travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Cemeteries
Little Eritrea boasts diverse landscapes that include mountains, an arid coastline, and fertile swathes of land to the west. With tourism in Eritrea still a burgeoning industry, the country represents a place of adventure for daring travelers looking to get of that beaten path. The Art Deco architecture of the capital shows off the cultural complexity and interesting facets of the former Italian colony's recent history, while a number of archaeological sites provide evidence of once-thriving ancient kingdoms. The country gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, but the areas bordering Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti remain dangerous and, as a result, off the map for most foreign tourists.