17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  24 h
1
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
2
Chamarel, Mauritius
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Ferry:  2 h 30 min
5
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Arusha, Tanzania
— Few hours
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Kigali, Rwanda
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
8
Bujumbura, Burundi
— Few hours
Fly:  2 h 45 min
9
Kampala, Uganda
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Drive + Ferry + Drive:  7 h 30 min
10
Chirongui, Mayotte
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  13 h 30 min
11
Moheli, Comoros
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  9 h 15 min
12
Nairobi, Kenya
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h
13
Mogadishu, Somalia
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
14
Djibouti, Djibouti
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
15
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
16
Asmara, Eritrea
— 1 night
Fly:  28 h
End: Vancouver, Canada

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night
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Passerose.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Praslin Island tour itinerary builder site.

Vancouver, Canada to Praslin Island is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Seychelles Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in December, expect Praslin Island to be much hotter, temps between 35°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chamarel.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Museums Shopping
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Anse Lazio ©
Anse Lazio
Galerie Passerose ©
Galerie Passerose

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night
Chamarel, Mauritius

Chamarel ©
The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Chamarel Waterfall and then take in the dramatic natural features at Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chamarel trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Praslin Island to Chamarel takes 5.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Chamarel are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Leu.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chamarel Waterfall
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Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark ©
Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark
Chamarel Waterfall ©
Chamarel Waterfall

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night
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

Saint-Leu is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Leu travel planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Chamarel to Saint-Leu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, daytime highs in Saint-Leu are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Nosy Be, Madagascar

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Nosy Be day trip app.

Fly from Saint-Leu to Nosy Be in 5 hours. Traveling from Saint-Leu to Nosy Be, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Nosy Be are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zanzibar City road trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry from Nosy Be to Zanzibar City in 17 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Nature Shopping
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Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar

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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.
To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Arusha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Arusha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, Arusha is a bit cooler than Zanzibar City - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. You will leave for Kigali on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Niyo Arts Gallery, examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, and then look for gifts at Azizi Life Boutique.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kigali trip planner.

Getting from Arusha to Kigali by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from East Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums Shopping
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Niyo Arts Gallery ©
Niyo Arts Gallery
Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Azizi Life Boutique ©
Azizi Life Boutique

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hours
Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bujumbura online travel route planner.

You can fly from Kigali to Bujumbura in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kigali in December, Bujumbura is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kampala, Uganda

Kampala
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Maramagambo Forest.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kampala day trip tool.

Fly from Bujumbura to Kampala in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bujumbura to Kampala is 1 hour. Traveling from Bujumbura in December, Kampala is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Chirongui.

Things to do in Kampala

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Maramagambo Forest
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Chirongui, Mayotte

Chirongui ©
Chirongui is a commune in the French overseas department of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. On the 19th (Sat), get outside with Mont Choungui.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chirongui trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and car from Kampala to Chirongui takes 17 hours. Traveling from Kampala in December, things will get a bit warmer in Chirongui: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Moheli.

Things to do in Chirongui

Outdoors
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Mont Choungui ©
Mont Choungui

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Moheli, Comoros

Moheli ©
Mohéli, also known as Mwali, is an autonomous island in that forms part of the Union of the Comoros.LocationMohéli is located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kave Hoani, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miringoni Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nioumachoua Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Domoni Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Moheli travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chirongui to Moheli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Moheli

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Nioumachoua Beach ©
Nioumachoua Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): look for gifts at Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop), then examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, and then stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nairobi trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moheli to Nairobi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mogadishu.

Things to do in Nairobi

Museums Parks Wildlife
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum
Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop) ©
Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop)

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Mogadishu, Somalia

Mogadishu ©
Swim in the warm waters, stroll over white sand, or play volleyball and other sports on the beaches of Mogadishu, the White Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mogadishu Cathedral and then don't miss a visit to Shanghai Old City.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mogadishu driving holiday planning site.

You can fly from Nairobi to Mogadishu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nairobi in December, expect Mogadishu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Djibouti.

Things to do in Mogadishu

Historic Sites
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Mogadishu Cathedral ©
Mogadishu Cathedral
Shanghai Old City ©
Shanghai Old City

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Djibouti, Djibouti

Djibouti ©
Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
On the 23rd (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Day Forest National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Djibouti visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Mogadishu to Djibouti takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Djibouti

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Day Forest National Park ©
Day Forest National Park

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa day trip site.

Fly from Djibouti to Addis Ababa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Djibouti in December, expect nights in Addis Ababa to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Horseback Riding Tours
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Asmara, Eritrea

Asmara ©
Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the striking features of Cinema Roma.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Asmara trip planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Asmara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites
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Nda Mariam Othodox Church ©
Nda Mariam Othodox Church
Enda Marian- Cattedrale Copta Di Asmara ©
Enda Marian- Cattedrale Copta Di Asmara
Cinema Roma ©
Cinema Roma

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