17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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17 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  24 h
1
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
2
Chamarel, Mauritius
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Arusha, Tanzania
— Few hours
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Kigali, Rwanda
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
8
Bujumbura, Burundi
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Kampala, Uganda
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
10
Chirongui, Mayotte
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  13 h 30 min
11
Moheli, Comoros
— 1 day
Fly:  9 h 15 min
12
Nairobi, Kenya
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h
13
Mogadishu, Somalia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
14
Djibouti, Djibouti
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
15
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
16
Asmara, Eritrea
— 1 night
Fly:  28 h
End: Vancouver, Canada

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Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the galleries of Galerie Passerose and then kick back and relax at Anse Lazio.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Praslin Island trip itinerary builder tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Praslin Island is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Vancouver to Praslin Island due to the time zone difference. In December, Praslin Island is much warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chamarel.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Anse Lazio ©
Anse Lazio
Galerie Passerose ©
Galerie Passerose

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Chamarel, Mauritius

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

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chamarel trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Praslin Island to Chamarel in 5 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 travel to Saint-Leu.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chamarel Waterfall
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Chamarel Waterfall ©
Chamarel Waterfall

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Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

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 ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Leu journey planning tool .

You can fly from Chamarel to Saint-Leu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. December in Saint-Leu sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Nosy Be, Madagascar

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mont Passot and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Nosy Be online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Saint-Leu to Nosy Be by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint-Leu to Nosy Be is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Nosy Be can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
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, photos, and tourist information, read our Zanzibar City trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Nosy Be to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. In December in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Nature Shopping
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Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar

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hours
Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Arusha online trip maker .

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Arusha in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City in December, things will get slightly colder in Arusha: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. On the 16th (Wed), you're off toKigali.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Niyo Arts Gallery, see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, and then look for gifts at Azizi Life Boutique.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kigali travel app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arusha to Kigali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Arusha to Kigali is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Kigali are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums Shopping
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Niyo Arts Gallery ©
Niyo Arts Gallery
Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Azizi Life Boutique ©
Azizi Life Boutique

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hours
Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura
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, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Bujumbura road trip app .

Fly from Kigali to Bujumbura in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kigali in December, Bujumbura is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. On the 17th (Thu), you're off toKampala.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kampala, Uganda

Kampala
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.
On the 18th (Fri), take a peaceful walk through Maramagambo Forest.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kampala trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Bujumbura to Kampala in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bujumbura to Kampala, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Kampala when traveling from Bujumbura in December, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Chirongui.

Things to do in Kampala

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Maramagambo Forest
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Chirongui, Mayotte

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

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chirongui trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Kampala to Chirongui takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In December, Chirongui is a bit warmer than Kampala - with highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Moheli.

Things to do in Chirongui

Outdoors
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Mont Choungui ©
Mont Choungui

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Moheli, Comoros

Moheli ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kave Hoani, kick back and relax at Miringoni Beach, then kick back and relax at Nioumachoua Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Domoni Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Moheli planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Chirongui to Moheli in 13.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Moheli

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Nioumachoua Beach ©
Nioumachoua Beach

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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.
On the 21st (Mon), stop by Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop), then see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Nairobi trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Moheli to Nairobi takes 9.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Mogadishu.

Things to do in Nairobi

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop) ©
Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop)

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Mogadishu, Somalia

Mogadishu ©
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): pause for some serene contemplation at Mogadishu Cathedral and then don't miss a visit to Shanghai Old City.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mogadishu travel route planner.

Getting from Nairobi to Mogadishu by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December, Mogadishu is a bit warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Djibouti.

Things to do in Mogadishu

Historic Sites
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Mogadishu Cathedral ©
Mogadishu Cathedral
Shanghai Old City ©
Shanghai Old City

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Djibouti, Djibouti

Djibouti ©
Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Day Forest National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Djibouti, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Mogadishu to Djibouti takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Djibouti sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Djibouti

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Day Forest National Park ©
Day Forest National Park

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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): trot along with a tour on horseback and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Addis Ababa travel route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Djibouti to Addis Ababa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Djibouti in December, you will find days in Addis Ababa are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are much colder (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Horseback Riding Tours
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Asmara, Eritrea

Asmara ©
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.

Plan trip to Asmara with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Asmara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites
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Nda Mariam Othodox Church ©
Nda Mariam Othodox Church
Enda Marian- Cattedrale Copta Di Asmara ©
Cimitero Italiano Di Asmara ©
Cimitero Italiano Di Asmara

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