23 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Ethiopia Itinerary

23 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Ethiopia Itinerary

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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
— 1 night
2
Gonder, Ethiopia
— 1 night
3
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
4
Axum, Ethiopia
— 1 night
5
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
6
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
7
Mombasa, Kenya
— 3 nights
8
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
9
Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
10
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
— 2 nights

1
night
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Bahir Dar
Palm trees and tropical gardens line the spacious avenues of Bahar Dar, a town nestled on the southern shore of the vast, glistening Lake Tana.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bahir Dar Market as well as Monastery of Debre Mariam. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Azwa Mariam Monastery, and then hunt for treasures at Bahir Dar Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Tana and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Bahir Dar is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Bahir Dar. When traveling from Cluj-Napoca in July, plan for slightly colder days in Bahir Dar, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, thenexplore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gonder tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tomb of Adam, Biete Medhane Alem and Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, thencontemplate the long history of Biete Medhane Alem, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and finally delve into the distant past at Tomb of Adam.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Lalibela takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Axum.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Asheton Maryam Monastery ©
Asheton Maryam Monastery
Tomb of Adam ©
Tomb of Adam

1
night
Axum, Ethiopia

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. You've now added Chapel of the Tablet to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of the Tablet, thendelve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum, thensteep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Axum trip website.

Getting from Lalibela to Axum by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ethnological Museum, Entoto Maryam Church and Mount Entoto. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, pause for some serene contemplation at Entoto Maryam Church, thenexamine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, thensee the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, and finally hunt for treasures at Addis Mercato.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Axum to Addis Ababa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Mount Entoto ©
Mount Entoto
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

4
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi Mamba Village, Uhuru Gardens Memorial Park, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, stroll through Giraffe Centre, and see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nairobi trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Nairobi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daily temperatures in Nairobi can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

3
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa ©
Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gede Ruins, Mombasa Tusks and Mombasa Marine National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Fort Jesus Museum, stroll through Haller Park, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Mombasa trip planner.

Fly from Nairobi to Mombasa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nairobi in July, with highs in Mombasa at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mombasa

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Gede Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Haller Park ©
Haller Park
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins
Fort Jesus Museum ©
Fort Jesus Museum

3
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nungwi Beach, Hamamni Persian Baths, Mtoni Palace Ruins, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, see the interesting displays at Freddie Mercury Museum, step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City trip planner.

You can fly from Mombasa to Zanzibar City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Zanzibar City are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Nungwi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

2
nights
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.
You've added Ngurdoto Crater, Olpopongi - Maasai Cultural Village & Museum, Mount Meru Waterfall, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 24th (Fri), contemplate the geological forces at Mt Meru and then admire the sheer force of Mount Meru Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Olpopongi - Maasai Cultural Village & Museum and then explore the striking landscape at Ngurdoto Crater.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Arusha trip planner.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Arusha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zanzibar City in July, with highs in Arusha at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dar es Salaam.

Things to do in Arusha

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Olpopongi - Maasai Cultural Village & Museum, Mt Meru
Highlights from your plan
Ngurdoto Crater ©
Ngurdoto Crater
Mt Meru ©
Mt Meru
Mount Meru Waterfall ©
Mount Meru Waterfall

2
nights
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam ©
Founded in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, lost the status of the official capital but remains the country's commercial and financial center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Azania Front Lutheran Chruch. On the 26th (Sun), browse the different shops at Sea Cliff Village, thenvisit Mwenge Woodcarvers Market, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Azania Front Lutheran Chruch, and finally get engrossed in the history at Village Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dar es Salaam online visit planner.

Fly from Arusha to Dar es Salaam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Arusha in July; daily highs in Dar es Salaam reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dar es Salaam

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Village Museum ©
Village Museum

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