10 days in Africa Itinerary

10 days in Africa Itinerary

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Start: Kathmandu, Nepal
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Hargeysa, Somalia
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Gonder, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Asmara, Eritrea
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Djibouti, Djibouti
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Dikhil Region, Djibouti
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Kathmandu, Nepal

1
night
Hargeysa, Somalia

Hargeysa ©
A capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Hargeisa is the second-largest city in Somalia.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): browse the fresh offerings at Central Market, head outdoors with Laas Geel, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of MiG Jet.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hargeysa itinerary planner.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Hargeysa is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.8 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Hargeysa. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kathmandu in January, with highs in Hargeysa at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Hargeysa

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Market ©
Central Market
Laas Geel ©
Laas Geel
MiG Jet ©
MiG Jet

2
nights
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 14th (Thu): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Meskel Square. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Addis Ababa attractions tool.

Traveling by flight from Hargeysa to Addis Ababa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hargeysa in January since evenings lows in Addis Ababa dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

1
night
Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela ©
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then contemplate the long history of Church of St. George.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lalibela travel planning site.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Climbing Tours

1
night
Gonder, Ethiopia

Gonder
A former royal city, Gonder once served as the Ethiopian Empire's capital--it still boasts well-preserved remains of 17th-century castles and palaces that shed light on the opulent lifestyle of the bygone times.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gonder trip itinerary site.

Getting from Lalibela to Gonder by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. January in Gonder sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church

1
night
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 18th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Fiat Tagliero, admire the landmark architecture of Cinema Roma, make a trip to Medebar Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Asmara, then make a trip to Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Enda Marian- Cattedrale Copta Di Asmara.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Asmara travel route planner.

Getting from Gonder to Asmara by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Djibouti.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di Asmara ©
Cattedrale di Asmara
Fiat Tagliero ©
Fiat Tagliero
Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave)
Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave)

1
night
Djibouti, Djibouti

Djibouti ©
Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Assal.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Djibouti vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Asmara to Djibouti in 9.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dikhil Region.

Things to do in Djibouti

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Assal ©
Lake Assal

2
nights
Dikhil Region, Djibouti

Dikhil Region ©
The Dikhil Region is a region in southern Djibouti. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Abbe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Dikhil Region route planning tool.

Getting from Djibouti to Dikhil Region by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dikhil Region

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Abbe ©
Lake Abbe

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