39 days in Africa Itinerary

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Abuja, Nigeria
— 3 nights
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Lagos, Nigeria
— 3 nights
Fly to Freetown, Drive to Freetown
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
— 3 nights
Drive to Freetown, Fly to Juba
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Juba, South Sudan
— 3 nights
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Hargeysa, Somalia
— 3 nights
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Mogadishu, Somalia
— 2 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
— 3 nights
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Drive to George Airport, Fly to Lake Manyara Airport, Drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Moshi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Abuja, Nigeria — 3 nights

The capital city of Nigeria, Abuja dates back to the 1980s, and in 2010 it represented the world's fastest-growing city.
Abuja is known for shopping, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Abuja National Mosque, buy something for everyone on your list at Jabi Lake Mall, see human ingenuity at work at Usuma Dam, and view the masterpieces at Retro Africa Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Abuja road trip tool.

Mumbai, India to Abuja is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to West Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mumbai in January since evenings lows in Abuja dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can fly to Lagos.
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Shopping · Parks · Nature · Spas
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Lagos, Nigeria — 3 nights

Protected from the Atlantic by sand spits and barrier islands, Lagos quickly grew into a mega city due to its location, and currently operates one of the continent's largest and busiest ports.
Go for a jaunt from Lagos to Lekki to see Lvi Art Gallery And Cultural Nexus about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Nike Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Lekki Conservation Centre, make a trip to The Eyo of Eko Statue, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tarkwa Bay Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos trip planner.

Fly from Abuja to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Abuja in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Lagos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Freetown.
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Freetown, Sierra Leone — 3 nights

Straddling an undulating coastline, Freetown serves as the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Freetown: Lakka Beach (in Lakka), River Number Two Beach (in Sussex) and Bureh Beach (in Bure Town). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of National Railway Museum, stroll through John Obey Beach, see some colorful creatures with Banana Divers Sierra Leone, and explore and take pictures at Cotton Tree.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Freetown trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Lagos to Freetown in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Lagos to Freetown, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lagos, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Freetown, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Juba.
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Juba, South Sudan — 3 nights

A frantic metropolis bursting from the White Nile River, Juba stands as the capital and largest city of the Republic of South Sudan.
Juba is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Cathedral and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Main Mosque.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Juba itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Freetown to Juba takes 31.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Freetown to Juba. Traveling from Freetown in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 33°C in Juba. You'll set off for Hargeysa on the 8th (Wed).
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Hargeysa, Somalia — 3 nights

A capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Hargeisa is the second-largest city in Somalia.
Hargeysa is known for nature, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Laas Geel, pick up some local products at Livestock Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Dahabshiil Business Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of MiG Jet.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hargeysa travel route builder.

You can fly from Juba to Hargeysa in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Juba to Hargeysa. When traveling from Juba in February, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Hargeysa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Mogadishu.
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Mogadishu, Somalia — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Shanghai Old City, then enjoy the sand and surf at Liido Beach Somalia, and then appreciate the history behind The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier -Mogadishu. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hadful Mosque, then get a new perspective on nature at black Hawk Down crash site museum, and then hunt for treasures at Bakara Market.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mogadishu trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hargeysa to Mogadishu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hargeysa in February: high temperatures in Mogadishu hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Johannesburg.
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 3 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.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Voortrekker Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, make a trip to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, stop by Mambu Design, and try your luck at Emperors Palace.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip builder website.

Fly from Mogadishu to Johannesburg in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from East Africa Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Mogadishu in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Johannesburg, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park, South Africa — 2 nights

One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park online trip planner.

Getting from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kruger National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 2 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
On the 18th (Sat), kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and then stroll through Cape Point. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Signal Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip builder.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Cape Town by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Oudtshoorn.
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa — 3 nights

Ostrich Capital of the World

Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Step out of Oudtshoorn to go to Prince Albert and see Prince Albert Gallery, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Cango Caves, stroll through Cango Wildlife Ranch, explore and take pictures at Swartberg Pass, and stop by Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oudtshoorn visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape Town in February, plan for little chillier days in Oudtshoorn, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania — 2 nights

You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then steep yourself in history at Olduvai Gorge.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Oudtshoorn to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Traveling from Oudtshoorn to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Moshi.
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Moshi, Tanzania — 2 nights

Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
On the 26th (Sun), shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Moshi driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Moshi takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Zanzibar City.
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and then admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib). On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve and then get to know the fascinating history of Stone Town.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Moshi to Zanzibar City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Zanzibar City can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Nigeria travel guide

3.7
Art Galleries · Wildlife Areas · Shopping Malls
Naija
With the largest population and economy on the continent, Nigeria plays a big part in the rise of African tourism. The country's cities and villages provide a glimpse into a culture rich in musical and culinary heritage. Visitors on vacation in Nigeria tend to explore the southern and central regions, where the lively urban areas give way to a wealth of protected rainforests and river deltas, home to traditional communities with proud and distinct cultural traditions.
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Sierra Leone travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Tourist Spots
Rich in history, natural wonders, and picturesque landscapes, Sierra Leone remains an unappreciated destination largely thanks to the impact the civil war of the 1990s had on the country's international reputation. The coastal areas offer easy access to fine sand beaches and offshore islands, little explored by foreign visitors and therefore unspoiled by commercial tourism. The capital, established by freed slaves from the Caribbean, represents a popular starting point for trips to Sierra Leone, with a colorful look to it, a lively atmosphere, and good onward connections to the mountains of the north and mangrove swamps and rainforest to the east.
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South Sudan travel guide

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Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites
South Sudan became the world's youngest nation in 2011, with the splitting of the continents largest state. The civil war that preceded the separation would inevitably leave deep traces on the psyche of the people and the stability of the political situation, but any initial optimism was quickly dimmed with government forces and rebel groups once more at war. The country boasts a fascinating mix of tribes and cultures and provides the setting for the second largest animal migration in the world, with antelopes crossing large swathes of the country. Despite this, holidays in South Sudan appeal to only a few daring travelers--tourism sector remains undeveloped and infrastructure lacking.
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Somalia travel guide

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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.
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South Africa travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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Tanzania travel guide

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Safaris · Geologic Formations · Beaches
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.
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