16 days in Africa Itinerary

16 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa itinerary planner

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Fly to Nampula, Drive to Mozambique Island
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 1 night
Drive to Nampula, Fly to Mombasa
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
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Mozambique Island, Mozambique

— 1 night
Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mozambique Island trip itinerary builder site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Mozambique Island is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get a bit warmer in Mozambique Island: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Mozambique Island

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Mombasa, Kenya

— 2 nights
Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Visit Diani Beach and Nyali Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stop by Imani Collective, and stroll through Haller Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mombasa trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Mozambique Island to Mombasa in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mozambique Island to Mombasa due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mombasa when traveling from Mozambique Island in December, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Head to Dr Bulugu Gallery and Aromas of Zanzibarfor plenty of shopping. Cultural Arts Gallery and Christ Church Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zanzibar City: Jambiani Beach (in Jambiani), Kendwa Beach (in Kendwa) and Nungwi Beach (in Nungwi).

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City online route planner.

You can fly from Mombasa to Zanzibar City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Nairobi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Nairobi, Kenya

— 3 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.
Do your shopping at One Off Contemporary Art Gallery and Upepo Photography Gallery. Karen Blixen Museum and Polka Dot Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Nairobi National Museum, try your luck at Ngong Racecourse, admire the masterpieces at Nairobi Gallery, and explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nairobi day trip tool.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Nairobi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Zanzibar City in January: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Marrakech.

Things to do in Nairobi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Marrakech, Morocco

— 4 nights

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Koutoubia Mosque and Marrakech Museum. Appreciate the collections at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech and The Orientalist Museum of Marrakech. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fna, play a few rounds at Golf Tour Academie, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, and contemplate the long history of Medersa Ben Youssef.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Marrakech trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nairobi to Marrakech by flight takes about 16.5 hours. Traveling from Nairobi to Marrakech, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Marrakech is a bit cooler than Nairobi - with highs of 22°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Golf

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.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Geologic Formations · Safaris · Beaches
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.

Morocco travel guide

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Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.