19 days in South Africa, Addis Ababa & Bahir Dar Itinerary

19 days in South Africa, Addis Ababa & Bahir Dar Itinerary

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1
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
2
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
3
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
5
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 4 nights
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Ethiopia and Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. Holy Trinity Cathedral and Medhane Alem Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, make a trip to Meskel Square, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa vacation planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiport is Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. In October in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Wildlife Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

3
nights
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Bahir Dar
Palm trees and tropical gardens line the spacious avenues of Bahar Dar, a town nestled on the southern shore of the vast, glistening Lake Tana.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lions Art Gallery and Azwa Mariam Monastery. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls, make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and examine the collection at Church of Debre Sina Maryam.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar journey maker app.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bahir Dar when traveling from Addis Ababa in October, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

1
night
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa ©
On the 3rd (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Menelik II Square.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa day trip planning website.

Fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Asni Gallery ©
Asni Gallery
Museum of Modern Art/Goethe Institut Ethiopia ©
Menelik II Square ©
Menelik II Square

3
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, thentake in the exciting artwork at I was shot in Joburg, and finally contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Union Buildings and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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You can fly from Addis Ababa to Johannesburg in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In November, Johannesburg is somewhat warmer than Addis Ababa - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelson Mandela Square, Union Buildings
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
Safaris

4
nights
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Volkswagen AutoPavillion, South Africa and Seal Point Lighthouse. When in Port Elizabeth, make a side trip to see Cathedral of St Michael and St George in Grahamstown, approximately Grahamstown away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, stop by Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Bayworld.

Plan trip to Port Elizabeth with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, expect nights in Port Elizabeth to be about the same, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Seal Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve
Cathedral of St Michael and St George
Cathedral of St Michael and St George
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

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.
Appreciate the collections at District Six Museum and Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre. Get some cultural insight at Robben Island Museum and Museum of Gems and Jewellery. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape Point, identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and get to know the fascinating history of Maclear's Beacon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cape Town road trip site.

Fly from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
District Six Museum ©
District Six Museum

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