17 days in Ghana, Rwanda & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

17 days in Ghana, Rwanda & Zanzibar Island Itinerary

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Accra, Ghana
— 4 nights
Kigali, Rwanda
— 4 nights
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights


Accra, Ghana — 4 nights

On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
Head to Artists Alliance Gallery and Nubuke Foundationfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Bojo Beach and Labadi Pleasure Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Gallery 1957, buy something for everyone on your list at Accra Mall, pause for some photo ops at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, and don't miss a visit to James Town Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Accra route app.

Dallas, USA to Accra is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 6 hours. Traveling from Dallas in July, expect nights in Accra to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kigali.
Shopping · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Kigali, Rwanda — 4 nights

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.
Shop till you drop at Inema Arts Centre and Niyo Arts Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Safaris. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nyamata Church, and view the masterpieces at Ivuka Arts Studio.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kigali day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Accra to Kigali takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Africa Time (CAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Accra in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Kigali, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nungwi.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Nungwi, Tanzania — 3 nights

Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Take a break from the city and head to Nungwi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kendwa Beach, stroll through Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukuchani Ruins, and stop by Bahati Beach Boutique.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nungwi travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kigali to Nungwi by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time to East Africa Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Kigali in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 73°F in Nungwi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Zanzibar City.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips

Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at The Safari Blue and Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve. Get some cultural insight at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Freddie Mercury Museum. Next up on the itinerary: stop by 1001 Organic Spicery (at Hurumzi), admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens, explore the ancient world of The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), and take in the exciting artwork at Yawara Massage & TingatingaArts.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip planner.

Getting from Nungwi to Zanzibar City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip

Ghana travel guide

Beaches · Castles · Monuments
Gold Coast
Ghana features a diverse economy, a strong and sturdy democratic tradition, and many of the natural and cultural highlights for which the continent has become known. National parks represent some of the main attractions in Ghana, with a diverse array of wildlife to be seen, including lions, monkeys, elephants, and birds. Forts dating back to the slave era act as focal points for explorations of the coast and help to connect the country to important points in global history.

Rwanda travel guide

Specialty Museums · National Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.

Zanzibar Island travel guide

Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.