11 days in Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

11 days in Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

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11 days in Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Meskel Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa online trip itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Addis Ababa is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Johannesburg to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Addis Ababa is little chillier than Johannesburg - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ethnological Museum ©
Ethnological Museum
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

3
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park, then view the masterpieces at Upepo Photography Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi tour planner .

Getting from Addis Ababa to Nairobi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Nairobi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nairobi

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

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Nungwi (Nungwi Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), look for gifts at Mwanzo Mpya, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakupenda Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zanzibar City online visit planner .

You can fly from Nairobi to Zanzibar City in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, Zanzibar City is a bit warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nungwi, Cheetah's Rock
Highlights from your plan
Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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