48 days in Africa Itinerary

48 days in Africa Itinerary

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1
Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
2
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
3
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights
4
Kigali, Rwanda
— 4 nights
5
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
6
Bujumbura, Burundi
— 2 nights
7
Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
8
Watamu, Kenya
— 4 nights
9
Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
10
Arusha, Tanzania
— 5 nights
11
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 7 nights
12
Moshi, Tanzania
— 4 nights

2
nights
Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo ©
Walking the broad, leafy avenues of Maputo, Mozambique's capital and bustling harbor city, you can discover numerous architectural gems and come to appreciate the area's Portuguese-influenced culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paroquia Santo Antonio and Inhaca Island. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vila Algarve and CCFM - Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Maputo Central Train Station, hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de Maputo, and see human ingenuity at work at Barragem dos Pequenos Libombos.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Maputo trip maker website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Maputo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in August, with highs in Maputo at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Tofo.

Things to do in Maputo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:
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Inhaca Island ©
Inhaca Island
Paroquia Santo Antonio ©
Paroquia Santo Antonio
Vila Algarve ©
Vila Algarve

2
nights
Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo ©
Historically a fishing village governed by Portuguese colonists, Tofo has become a top destination for adventurers, divers, and marine life lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Tofo, thenstroll through Marine Megafauna Foundation, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Parque Nacional de Bazaruto.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tofo vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Maputo to Tofo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Tofo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:
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Praia do Tofo ©
Praia do Tofo
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto ©
Parque Nacional de Bazaruto
Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao ©
Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao

3
nights
Vilanculos, Mozambique

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Machilla Magic and Manyikeni. Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. There's more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vilanculos trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Tofo to Vilanculos by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kigali.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali ©
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.
Visiting Gecko Safaris Rwanda - Day Tours and Mt. Kigali will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Campaign Against Genocide Museum and Kandt House Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at MAMA Rwanda Hostel, view the masterpieces at Kigali Center for Photography, get outside with Kirenga Kamugisha, and browse the exhibits of Abien Arts Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kigali day trip site.

Getting from Vilanculos to Kigali by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive. In September in Kigali, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

The National Art Gallery
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:
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MAMA Rwanda Hostel ©
MAMA Rwanda Hostel
Gecko Safaris Rwanda - Day Tours ©
Gecko Safaris Rwanda - Day Tours
Kandt House Museum
Kandt House Museum

2
nights
Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Ruhengeri ©
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iby'iwacu Cultural Village and Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp. There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo and look for gifts at Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ruhengeri day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kigali to Ruhengeri takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kigali in September: high temperatures in Ruhengeri hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, Iby'iwacu Cultural Village
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
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Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope ©
Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope
Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo ©
Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo
Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp ©

2
nights
Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura ©
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Reptile Park (Parc des Reptiles) and then admire the sheer force of Karera Waterfalls.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bujumbura trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Ruhengeri to Bujumbura in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ruhengeri in September; daily highs in Bujumbura reach °C and lows reach °C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Karera Waterfalls
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Regina Mundi Cathedral ©
Regina Mundi Cathedral
Monument de l'Unite ©
Monument de l'Unite

5
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.
Visiting Climbing Tours and Sigona Golf Club will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Longonot and Aero Club of East Africa (ACEA). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, take a stroll through Kibera, take a memorable tour with Tours, and grab your bike and head to Karura Forest.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nairobi tour itinerary builder website.

Fly from Bujumbura to Nairobi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time to East Africa Time is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bujumbura in September; daily highs in Nairobi reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Nairobi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Mount Longonot, Sigona Golf Club
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Mount Longonot ©
Mount Longonot
Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages ©
Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages

4
nights
Watamu, Kenya

Watamu ©
Hailed for its picturesque scenery and pristine beaches, the village of Watamu on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline attracts both adventure seekers and those looking for a relaxing seaside holiday.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mnarani Ruins (Museum) and Gede Ruins. Step out of the city life by going to Local Ocean Conservation and Good Samaritan Nature and Culture Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to 3 Degrees South in Kilifi (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Isola dell'Amore, kick back and relax at Spiaggia delle Tartarughe, delve into the lush surroundings at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, and make a trip to Malindi.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Watamu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Watamu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nairobi in September: high temperatures in Watamu hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kilifi, Gede
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
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Spiaggia delle Tartarughe ©
Spiaggia delle Tartarughe
Local Ocean Conservation ©
Local Ocean Conservation
Isola dell'Amore ©
Isola dell'Amore

5
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Swim with Dolphins. Step out of the city life by going to Colobus Conservation and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Change things up with a short trip to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Diani Beach (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nyali Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Jumba la Mtwana, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mombasa Marine National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mombasa route builder app.

Traveling by car from Watamu to Mombasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Mombasa when traveling from Watamu in September, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Diani Beach, Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins
Nyali Beach ©
Nyali Beach

5
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha ©
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Climbing Tours and Safaris. Take a break from the city and head to Kili Dreamers and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Duluti, contemplate the long history of Engaruka, and stop by House of Gems.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Arusha trip planning website.

You can fly from Mombasa to Arusha in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mombasa in September; daily highs in Arusha reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Arusha National Park
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Kili Dreamers ©
Kili Dreamers
Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing

7
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Matemwe Beach and Kiwengwa Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zanzibar City: Paje Scooter Rent (in Paje), Kuza Cave (in Jambiani) and Unguja City (Fukuchani Ruins & Mnemba Atoll). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Malindi Mosque, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Arusha to Zanzibar City in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Arusha in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Zanzibar City: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Paje, Unguja City, Kiwengwa Beach, Kuza Cave
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kessy Brothers Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ascend Tanzania and Mount Kibo. There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Mama Africa Giftshop and buy something for everyone on your list at Kibo Tower.

Plan my day in Moshi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Zanzibar City to Moshi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Mount Kibo
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ascend Tanzania ©
Ascend Tanzania
Kessy Brothers Tours ©
Kessy Brothers Tours

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