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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Galerie Passerose and then enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Lazio.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Praslin Island trip planning website .

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. Traveling from Vancouver in July, expect Praslin Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chamarel.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Outdoors 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Chamarel Waterfall and then take in the dramatic natural features at Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Chamarel trip simple and quick.

Getting from Praslin Island to Chamarel by flight takes about 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Praslin Island in July, with highs in Chamarel at 29°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (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 13th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Leu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chamarel to Saint-Leu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. In July in Saint-Leu, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough 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 14th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nosy Be road trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saint-Leu to Nosy Be in 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint-Leu to Nosy Be. While traveling from Saint-Leu, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nosy Be, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip 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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nosy Be in July since evenings lows in Zanzibar City dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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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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, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Arusha trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Arusha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, Arusha is a bit cooler than Zanzibar City - with highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C. On the 15th (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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Niyo Arts Gallery, examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, and then stop by Azizi Life Boutique.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kigali travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arusha to Kigali takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Arusha in July, expect nights in Kigali to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (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 maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bujumbura trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kigali to Bujumbura takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kigali in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bujumbura, with lows of 24°C. You will leave for Kampala on the 16th (Thu).

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 17th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Sabinyo and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Katwe Tourism Information Centre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kampala trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bujumbura to Kampala in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bujumbura to Kampala. In July, daytime highs in Kampala are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chirongui.

Things to do in Kampala

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Katwe Tourism Information Centre, Mount Sabinyo
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Katwe Tourism Information Centre ©
Katwe Tourism Information Centre
Mount Sabinyo ©
Mount Sabinyo

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Chirongui, Mayotte

Chirongui ©
Chirongui is a commune in the French overseas department of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. On the 18th (Sat), get outside with Mont Choungui.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chirongui trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Kampala to Chirongui in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kampala in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chirongui, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for 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 19th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kave Hoani, enjoy the sand and surf at Miringoni Beach, then stroll through Nioumachoua Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Domoni Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Moheli trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Chirongui to Moheli in 13.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Moheli

Parks Outdoors 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nairobi travel planner .

You can fly from Moheli to Nairobi in 9.5 hours. July in Nairobi sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mogadishu.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mogadishu Cathedral and then make a trip to Shanghai Old City.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Mogadishu trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nairobi to Mogadishu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nairobi in July, things will get a bit warmer in Mogadishu: highs are around 34°C and lows about 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough 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.
To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Djibouti trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Mogadishu to Djibouti takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, Djibouti is somewhat warmer than Mogadishu - with highs of 45°C and lows of 40°C. You will leave for Addis Ababa on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Djibouti

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

Find out how to plan Addis Ababa trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Djibouti to Addis Ababa in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Djibouti in July, expect Addis Ababa to be colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Parks Nature Museums
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Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Cinema Roma.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Asmara journey planner.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Asmara by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for 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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