17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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17 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Moshi, Tanzania
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
8
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
On the 27th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then go for a stroll along the water at Hurghada Marina. Here are some ideas for day two: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hurghada visit planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hurghada is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Hurghada are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Step out of Sharm El Sheikh with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Dahab--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, ponder the design of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Orthodox Church, and take a stroll through Na'ama Bay.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sharm El Sheikh driving holiday website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, and contemplate the long history of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo driving holiday planning site .

Fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in December, with highs in Cairo at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Addis Ababa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in January: highs in Addis Ababa hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
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.
Nairobi is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nairobi trip planning tool .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nairobi, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Nairobi

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

1
night
Moshi, Tanzania

Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): browse for treasures at Mama Africa Giftshop, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Moshi trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nairobi to Moshi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Mama Africa Giftshop ©
Mama Africa Giftshop
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Isle of Jewels, then hunt for treasures at Masai Central Market, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arusha vacation website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Arusha in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Arusha are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Masai Central Market
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Masai Central Market ©
Masai Central Market
Isle of Jewels ©
Isle of Jewels

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, then stop by Mwanzo Mpya, and then stroll through Cheetah's Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Forodhani Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nungwi Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zanzibar City trip maker tool .

Getting from Arusha to Zanzibar City by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Arusha in January; daily highs in Zanzibar City reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Nungwi Beach, Cheetah's Rock
Highlights from your plan
Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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