17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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17 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
4
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Chicago, United States

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cheetah's Rock. Step out of Zanzibar City with an excursion to Paje Beach in Paje--about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: experience rural life at Tangawizi Spice Farm and contemplate the long history of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib).

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Zanzibar City is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Chicago to Zanzibar City. In August in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Paje Beach, Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at Tanzanite Experience and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Arusha road trip site .

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Arusha in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, Arusha is slightly colder than Zanzibar City - with highs of 74°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Climbing Tours
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre

2
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and then look for gifts at Utamaduni Craft Centre. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at One Off Contemporary Art Gallery and then explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nairobi travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arusha to Nairobi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Nairobi sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Safaris
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

1
night
Nosy Be, Madagascar

Nosy Be ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lokobe Nature Special Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): head off the coast to Nosy Sakatia and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nosy Be online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Nairobi to Nosy Be in 11 hours. Traveling from Nairobi in September, expect Nosy Be to be a bit warmer, temps between 88°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Nature Parks
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Nosy Sakatia ©
Nosy Sakatia

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 3rd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum and then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Union Buildings and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip planner .

You can fly from Nosy Be to Johannesburg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nosy Be to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nosy Be in September, expect Johannesburg to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Union Buildings
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

3
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Robben Island Museum and !Khwa ttu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Cape Point and Twelve Apostles. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Franschhoek Motor Museum in Franschhoek--about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and see the interesting displays at South African Jewish Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town road trip planner .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

!Khwa ttu, Franschhoek Motor Museum
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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