47 days in Africa Itinerary

47 days in Africa Itinerary

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Bujumbura, Burundi
— 3 nights
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Gitega, Burundi
— 2 nights
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Drive to Bujumbura International Airport, Fly to Djibouti-Ambouli Airport, Drive to Arta
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Arta, Djibouti
— 1 day
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Djibouti, Djibouti
— 2 nights
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Asmara, Eritrea
— 2 nights
Fly to Lilongwe International Airport, Drive to Mtakataka
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Mtakataka, Malawi
— 1 day
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Mulanje, Malawi
— 2 nights
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Blantyre, Malawi
— 2 nights
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 2 nights
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Beira, Mozambique
— 4 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive to Vilankulu, Fly to Kigali
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Kigali, Rwanda
— 1 night
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
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Butare, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive to Kigali International Airport, Fly to Mogadishu
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Mogadishu, Somalia
— 1 night
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Hargeysa, Somalia
— 2 nights
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Juba, South Sudan
— 3 nights
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Kampala, Uganda
— 2 nights
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Bujumbura, Burundi

— 3 nights
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Vivant and Regina Mundi Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Rusizi National Park and Reptile Park (Parc des Reptiles). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Karera Waterfalls, appreciate the history behind Livingstone-Stanley Monument, and don't miss a visit to Monument de l'Unite.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bujumbura trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Bujumbura is an approximately 30.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Africa Time is 10 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from San Francisco in January, with highs in Bujumbura at 81°F and lows at 73°F. You will leave for Gitega on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Gitega, Burundi

— 2 nights
Gitega is the second largest city in Burundi, lying east of Bujumbura.OverviewIt is the capital of Gitega Province, one of the 17 provinces of Burundi. On the 7th (Thu), make a trip to Gishora Drum Sanctuary and then browse the exhibits of National Museum of Gitega.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gitega trip planner.

You can drive from Bujumbura to Gitega in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Arta.

Things to do in Gitega

Museums

Arta, Djibouti

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Arta Beach.

Start your trip to Arta by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gitega to Arta. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gitega to Arta. In January, daytime highs in Arta are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Djibouti.

Things to do in Arta

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Djibouti, Djibouti

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Gulf of Tadjoura

Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll through Khor Ambado Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Molk Mosque, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hamoudi Mosque.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Djibouti online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Arta to Djibouti in an hour. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Djibouti are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. You'll set off for Asmara on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Djibouti

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Asmara, Eritrea

— 2 nights

Little Rome

Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
On the 12th (Tue), have fun at Cinema Impero, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Debre Bizen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Khulafa Al Rashiudin Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue of Asmara, then browse the exhibits of National Museum Asmara, and finally admire the striking features of Fiat Tagliero. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Nda Mariam Othodox Church, make a trip to Tank Graveyard, then admire the striking features of Cattedrale di Asmara, then don't miss a visit to Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave), and finally appreciate the history behind Cimitero Italiano Di Asmara.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Asmara itinerary maker app.

Fly from Djibouti to Asmara in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Mtakataka.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Mtakataka, Malawi

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mtakataka travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Asmara to Mtakataka. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Mtakataka are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mulanje.

Things to do in Mtakataka

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Mulanje, Malawi

— 2 nights
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mulanje road trip planning app.

You can drive from Mtakataka to Mulanje in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mtakataka in January; daily highs in Mulanje reach 82°F and lows reach 70°F. On the 16th (Sat), you're off to Blantyre.

Things to do in Mulanje

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Blantyre, Malawi

— 2 nights
As Malawi's second-largest city, Blantyre represents the country's main commercial and industrial hub and boasts a dynamic array of food options.
On the 17th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at Serendib Hair Day Spa, then hike along The Way of the Cross/ Njira ya Mtanda, then browse the different shops at Chichiri Shopping Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St.Michael's and All Angels Church. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Malawi Stock Exchange, then take in the exciting artwork at La Caverna Art Gallery, then get your bearings at The Society of Malawi Library, and finally look for gifts at Tiyamike Sewing.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Blantyre trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Mulanje to Blantyre in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Blantyre

Shopping · Spas · Trails · Parks

Lilongwe, Malawi

— 2 nights
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Nature Sanctuary, stroll through Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, relax and rejuvenate at Khondi Spa Retreat, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, and finally make a trip to Tindoz d'Afrique. On the next day, make a trip to Kumbali Cultural Village, look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka, then don't miss a visit to World War I Memorial, then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Building, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maula Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lilongwe trip maker tool.

Getting from Blantyre to Lilongwe by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Beira.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Nature

Beira, Mozambique

— 4 nights
Beira is the third largest city in Mozambique. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Macuti Lighthouse and Shipwreck and Beira Cathedral. The adventure continues: tour in style with Beira Railway Station.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Beira tour itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lilongwe to Beira. In January, daytime highs in Beira are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. You'll set off for Vilanculos on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Beira

Tours · Historic Sites

Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 2 nights
Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: see Loka Adventure.

Planning Vilanculos trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Beira to Vilanculos by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Beira in January since evenings lows in Vilanculos dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Tofo.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Tofo, Mozambique

— 2 nights
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stroll through Barra Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, then take a pleasant ride with Cavalheiros Do Tofo, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tofo trip planner.

Fly from Vilanculos to Tofo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Tofo, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 72°F at night. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kigali.

Things to do in Tofo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kigali, Rwanda

— 1 night
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at MAMA Rwanda Hostel, then explore the galleries of Kigali Center for Photography, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nyamata Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Ntarama Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, learn about all things military at Campaign Against Genocide Museum, stop by Talking Through Art, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Famille Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kigali trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Tofo to Kigali in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tofo in January, things will get little chillier in Kigali: highs are around 82°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Ruhengeri, Rwanda

— 2 nights
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
On the 1st (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Volcanoes National Park and then explore the activities along Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope, then steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village, and finally make a trip to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ruhengeri travel route planner.

Drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kigali in January, things will get little chillier in Ruhengeri: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Butare.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Butare, Rwanda

— 2 nights
Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Butare catholic Cathedral, and then gain insight with Huye Mountain Coffee.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Butare trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ruhengeri to Butare takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Ruhengeri, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Butare, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Mogadishu.

Things to do in Butare

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mogadishu, Somalia

— 1 night

White Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Swim in the warm waters, stroll over white sand, or play volleyball and other sports on the beaches of Mogadishu, the White Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mogadishu itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Butare to Mogadishu. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Butare to Mogadishu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Butare in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mogadishu, with lows of 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Hargeysa.

Things to do in Mogadishu

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Hargeysa, Somalia

— 2 nights
A capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Hargeisa is the second-largest city in Somalia.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Laas Geel, then browse the different shops at Dahabshiil Business Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at MiG Jet, and finally pick up some local products at Livestock Market.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hargeysa online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mogadishu to Hargeysa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mogadishu in February, expect Hargeysa to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 58°F. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Juba.

Things to do in Hargeysa

Shopping · Museums · Nature · Parks

Juba, South Sudan

— 3 nights
A frantic metropolis bursting from the White Nile River, Juba stands as the capital and largest city of the Republic of South Sudan.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like All Saints Cathedral and St.Theresa Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Main Mosque are in your itinerary.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Juba road trip planner.

You can fly from Hargeysa to Juba in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Hargeysa to Juba is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Hargeysa, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Juba, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 83°F. On the 10th (Wed), you're off to Kampala.

Things to do in Juba

Historic Sites

Kampala, Uganda

— 2 nights
Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Munyonyo Martyrs' Shrine, pedal to the sights with Great Adventures Uganda, and then take an unorthodox tour of Kasubi Tombs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): look for gifts at Kampala Fair, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaddafi National Mosque, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take a peaceful walk through Budongo Forest.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kampala trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Juba to Kampala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Juba in February, expect Kampala to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Entebbe.

Things to do in Kampala

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Entebbe, Uganda

— 3 nights
Nestled on Lake Victoria Peninsula, the laid-back town of Entebbe once served as seat of the colonial government, yet remains widely known as the scene of the 1976 Israeli rescue of hostages kidnapped by Palestinian and German plane hijackers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Ssese Islands. Get outdoors at Buggala Island and Entebbe Golf Club. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Entebbe Botanic Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Entebbe Crafts Village, meet the residents at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, and browse the different shops at Victoria Mall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Entebbe trip planner.

Drive from Kampala to Entebbe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in February, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Entebbe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Burundi travel guide

2.9
Historic Sites · Monuments · National Parks
Heart of Africa
Though landlocked, Burundi provides plenty of chances to spend time close to the water, with the capital located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Tourism in Burundi focuses primarily on the capital and the natural areas and traditional towns just outside it, with pristine lakeside beaches to explore, along with tribal villages protecting centuries-old traditions. Civil war affected the country's economy and devastated its population between 1993 and 2005. Political unrest and violence began again in 2015.

Djibouti travel guide

3.8
Bodies of Water · Tourist Spots · Beaches
A small country with big sights, Djibouti has become known for its interesting geology and show-stopping topography. Limestone chimneys, salt lakes, offshore coral reefs, multi-colored mountains, mangroves, and sandy deserts provide the backdrop or focal point of a number of adventures during vacations in Djibouti. Away from the capital, Djibouti remains largely untamed and rural, with plenty of appeal for those into eco-tourism. Traveling down the coast and into the interior during a tour of Djibouti, visitors meet nomadic tribes and share in their singular way of life.

Eritrea travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Monuments
Little Eritrea boasts diverse landscapes that include mountains, an arid coastline, and fertile swathes of land to the west. With tourism in Eritrea still a burgeoning industry, the country represents a place of adventure for daring travelers looking to get of that beaten path. The Art Deco architecture of the capital shows off the cultural complexity and interesting facets of the former Italian colony's recent history, while a number of archaeological sites provide evidence of once-thriving ancient kingdoms. The country gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, but the areas bordering Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti remain dangerous and, as a result, off the map for most foreign tourists.

Malawi travel guide

4.2
Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.

Mozambique travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Islands
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.

Rwanda travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · National Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.

Somalia travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
With ancient historical sites, the longest coastline on the continent, a rich and varied cuisine, and sprawling desert and savannah landscapes, Somalia has plenty to make it appealing to international visitors. Events in the recent past, however, made holidays in Somalia nearly impossible. The civil war that began in 1991 led to the country being declared a failed state. The introduction of a new constitution and government in 2012 has led to a glimmer of optimism.

South Sudan travel guide

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Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites
South Sudan became the world's youngest nation in 2011, with the splitting of the continents largest state. The civil war that preceded the separation would inevitably leave deep traces on the psyche of the people and the stability of the political situation, but any initial optimism was quickly dimmed with government forces and rebel groups once more at war. The country boasts a fascinating mix of tribes and cultures and provides the setting for the second largest animal migration in the world, with antelopes crossing large swathes of the country. Despite this, holidays in South Sudan appeal to only a few daring travelers--tourism sector remains undeveloped and infrastructure lacking.

Uganda travel guide

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Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.