31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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Fly
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 5 nights
Fly to Kigali, Bus to Kabale
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Kabale, Uganda
— 4 nights
Bus
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kigali, Rwanda
— 3 nights
Fly
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Watamu, Kenya
— 3 nights
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Drive to Mombasa, Ferry to Likoni, Drive to Diani Beach
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Diani Beach, Kenya
— 2 nights
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Drive to Likoni, Ferry to Mombasa, Train to Mtito Andei, Drive to Tsavo National Park East
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Tsavo National Park East, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive
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Nakuru, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive
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Naivasha, Kenya
— 1 night
Fly
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Lalibela, Ethiopia — 5 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: explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehana Krestos Church, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lalibela trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Lalibela is an approximately 11-hour flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kabale.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Kabale, Uganda — 4 nights

The sleepy market town of Kabale in Western Uganda, although meagre in sights of its own, boasts close proximity to several national parks, just a couple of miles from the border with Rwanda.
Step out of Kabale with an excursion to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Kisoro--about 2 hours away. Spend the 18th (Tue) in the pleasant surroundings of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Lake Bunyonyi, take an in-depth tour of Kwanzi Guest House & Museum - by Grace Villa, pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Destinations African Gorilla Limited.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kabale day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Lalibela to Kabale in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Ruhengeri.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Ruhengeri, Rwanda — 2 nights

Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp, make a trip to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and then steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Volcanoes National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ruhengeri travel route planning site.

Getting from Kabale to Ruhengeri by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kigali.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Kigali, Rwanda — 3 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.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, view the masterpieces at Inema Arts Centre, witness the site of a historic battle at Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial, and explore the galleries of Niyo Arts Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kigali day trip site.

Drive from Ruhengeri to Kigali in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ruhengeri in October, with highs in Kigali at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Watamu.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Watamu, Kenya — 3 nights

Hailed for its picturesque scenery and pristine beaches, the village of Watamu on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline attracts both adventure seekers and those looking for a relaxing seaside holiday.
Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Watamu National Marine Park. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the activities along Mida Creek, gain insight at Local Ocean Conservation, and take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Watamu trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kigali to Watamu in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kigali in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Watamu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Diani Beach.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip

Diani Beach, Kenya — 2 nights

On a vacation in Diani Beach, a bustling resort town on Kenya's eastern coast, you can take advantage of a pristine sandy shore fringed by a verdant forest.
On the 29th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Diani Beach and then take a memorable tour with African Bush & Beach Adventures - Day tours. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Diani Beach trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Watamu to Diani Beach in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, ferry, and car. Traveling from Watamu in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Diani Beach, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tsavo National Park East.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trip

Tsavo National Park East, Kenya — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stroll through Tsavo East.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsavo National Park East trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and train from Diani Beach to Tsavo National Park East in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Nakuru.
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Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Nakuru, Kenya — 1 night

Nakuru is the fourth-largest city in Kenya, the capital of Nakuru County and former capital of the Rift Valley Province. On the 1st (Tue), get a dose of the wild on Hisia Safaris and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Nakuru.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nakuru trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Tsavo National Park East to Nakuru in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car, train, and flight. In October, daytime highs in Nakuru are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Naivasha.
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Highlights from your trip

Naivasha, Kenya — 1 night

Nestled on the shore of the eponymous lake, the market town of Naivasha boasts an enviable location and serves as gateway to several national parks, including Hell's Gate--inspiration for the landscapes of Disney's "The Lion King." Boating among the hippos of the vast, placid lake; camping; and bird-watching top the list of things to do in Naivasha.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Hell's Gate National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Naivasha road trip planning website.

Drive from Nakuru to Naivasha in 1.5 hours. In November in Naivasha, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly to Maasai Mara National Reserve.
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Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya — 4 nights

Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 4th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. Spend the 5th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll through Musiara Swamp.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Maasai Mara National Reserve travel route planner.

Getting from Naivasha to Maasai Mara National Reserve by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Naivasha in November, expect nights in Maasai Mara National Reserve to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nairobi.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Nairobi, Kenya — 4 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 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Spend the 10th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, see the world from above with Air Tours, browse the different shops at The Hub Karen, and trek along Karura Forest.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nairobi online journey builder.

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in November; daily highs in Nairobi reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Specialty 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.
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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.
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Rwanda travel guide

4.3
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.
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Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
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.
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