16 days in Africa Itinerary

16 days in Africa Itinerary

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16 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Mozambique Island, Mozambique
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h
2
Mombasa, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
5
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  17​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
night
Mozambique Island, Mozambique

Mozambique Island ©
Once a capital of Portuguese East Africa, the World Heritage-listed Island of Mozambique today ranks among Mozambique's fastest-growing tourist destinations.
To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mozambique Island travel route planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Mozambique Island is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Mozambique Island: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Mozambique Island

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Governor's Palace Museum ©
Governor's Palace Museum
Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao ©
Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao

2
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa ©
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Diani Beach and Nyali Beach. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Haller Park, stop by Imani Collective, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mombasa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Mozambique Island to Mombasa takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central African Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Mozambique Island in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Mombasa, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Diani Beach
Highlights from your plan
Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Nyali Beach ©
Nyali Beach
Spas

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kendwa Beach and Jambiani Beach. For shopping fun, head to Aromas of Zanzibar or Cultural Arts Gallery. Step out of Zanzibar City to go to Nungwi and see Nungwi Beach, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Dr Bulugu Gallery and steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zanzibar City travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Mombasa to Zanzibar City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nungwi Beach, Kendwa Beach, Jambiani Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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 a sense of the local culture at Karen Blixen Museum and Polka Dot Art Gallery. Shop till you drop at One Off Contemporary Art Gallery and Penny Winter Boutique. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Nairobi National Museum, stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, explore the world behind art at Nairobi Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Upepo Photography Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nairobi trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Nairobi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City in January, things will get a bit cooler in Nairobi: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Nairobi

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum
Nairobi National Museum ©
Nairobi National Museum
One Off Contemporary Art Gallery ©

4
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Koutoubia Mosque and Saadian Tombs. Palacio da Bahia and Medersa Ben Youssef are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Jemaa el-Fnaa, contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace, see the interesting displays at Boucharouite Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marrakech sightseeing planner.

Fly from Nairobi to Marrakech in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Nairobi in January, expect Marrakech to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Saadian Tombs ©
Saadian Tombs

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