56 days in Africa Itinerary

56 days in Africa Itinerary

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 4 nights
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 4 nights
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Kampala, Uganda
— 7 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 6 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Chobe National Park, Botswana
— 5 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 6 nights
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

— 4 nights

City of Humans

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, browse the exhibits of National Museum of Ethiopia, trot along with a tour on horseback, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa driving holiday planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Addis Ababa is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time to East Africa Time is minus 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in November: high temperatures in Addis Ababa hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums

Lalibela, Ethiopia

— 4 nights
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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, don't miss a visit to Biete Medhane Alem, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, and delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Lalibela trip planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Kampala.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Kampala, Uganda

— 7 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kampala: Entebbe (Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre & Off-Road Tours). Spend the 10th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 11th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Social Innovation Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Rubaga-Kathedrale, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kampala holiday planner.

You can fly from Lalibela to Kampala in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December in Kampala, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Arusha.

Things to do in Kampala

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Arusha, Tanzania

— 4 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Spend the 17th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Make the 18th (Sat) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre, take an exotic tour of Kandoo Adventures, and hunt for treasures at Masai Central Market.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Arusha holiday builder site.

You can fly from Kampala to Arusha in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kampala in December since evenings lows in Arusha dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 5 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.
When in Zanzibar City, make a side trip to see Nungwi Beach in Nungwi, approximately Nungwi away. Spend the 20th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with The Safari Blue. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, stroll around Forodhani Gardens, admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zanzibar City trip planner.

You can fly from Arusha to Zanzibar City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Arusha in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Zanzibar City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Johannesburg to Pretoria to see Voortrekker Monument about 46 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. Spend the 25th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, make a trip to Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and try to win big at Montecasino.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg itinerary planner.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Johannesburg by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. The time zone changes from East Africa Time to South Africa Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Zanzibar City in December, things will get little chillier in Johannesburg: highs are around 33°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Tours

Side Trips

Cape Town, South Africa

— 7 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, steep yourself in history at Robben Island Museum, admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Johannesburg to Cape Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Chobe National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Chobe National Park, Botswana

— 5 nights
A trip to Chobe National Park awakens the naturalist in every traveler and opens numerous possibilities for adventure.
When in Chobe National Park, make a side trip to see Khwai River Bridge in Okavango Delta, approximately Okavango Delta away. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Chobe Day Trips, stroll through Serondela Reserve, and explore and take pictures at Boab Prison Tree.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Chobe National Park online holiday planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Chobe National Park in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Chobe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 6 nights
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Spend the 15th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, shop like a local with Prime Art Gallery, look for gifts at Cultural Vibes Music Shop, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Victoria Falls day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls. In January, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will leave for Nairobi on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Nairobi, Kenya

— 6 nights

Green City in the Sun

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.
Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 21st (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, see Off-Road Tours, admire the striking features of African Heritage House, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nairobi online driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Victoria Falls to Nairobi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Victoria Falls to Nairobi is 1 hour. Traveling from Victoria Falls in January, expect Nairobi to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.

Uganda travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
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.

South Africa travel guide

4.3
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.

Botswana travel guide

3.7
Nature & Parks · Safaris · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sparsely populated Botswana possesses some of the most unadulterated wilderness and animal-rich areas in Africa. Largely unfenced national parks allow the world's largest population of elephants to roam freely--these protected areas also shelter varied birdlife and many endangered and rare mammal species. Tourism in Botswana largely caters to visitors seeking luxury lodges and exclusive safari experiences, but expeditions into traditional villages are also strongly recommended. The preserved cultures of these agricultural settlements show a link between man and nature formed over centuries, a relationship that many visitors to Botswana come to reconsider in their own lives.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.