17 days in South Africa, Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

17 days in South Africa, Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

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17 days in South Africa, Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

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

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stony Point Penguin Colony and South African Jewish Museum. Appreciate the collections at !Khwa ttu and District Six Museum. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Point, see the interesting displays at Great Synagogue, admire all the interesting features of Robben Island Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Apostles.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town journey tool .

Chicago, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Cape Town is 8 hours. While traveling from Chicago, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Stony Point Penguin Colony, !Khwa ttu
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
!Khwa ttu ©
!Khwa ttu

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Lesedi Cultural Village and Apartheid Museum. Hector Pieterson Museum and Nelson Mandela Foundation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at SAB World of Beer, contemplate the long history of Mandela House, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg holiday planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Lesedi Cultural Village
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Safaris
Lesedi Cultural Village ©
Lesedi Cultural Village
Hector Pieterson Museum ©
Hector Pieterson Museum

3
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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 Christ Church Cathedral and Cultural Arts Centre Zanzibar. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zanzibar City attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern African Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in March, expect Zanzibar City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mtoni Palace Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Arusha takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City in September, things will get little chillier in Arusha: highs are around 76°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time 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

3
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 7th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then view the masterpieces at Upepo Photography Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of One Off Contemporary Art Gallery and then explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nairobi online trip maker .

Getting from Arusha to Nairobi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Nairobi can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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

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