48 days in Africa Itinerary

48 days in Africa Itinerary

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48 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  4​h
1
Maputo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tofo, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h
3
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Kigali, Rwanda
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Bujumbura, Burundi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Watamu, Kenya
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
9
Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Arusha, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
12
Moshi, Tanzania
— 4 nights
End: Moshi, Tanzania

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.
Get some cultural insight at Paroquia Santo Antonio and CCFM - Centro Cultural Franco-Mocambicano. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Inhaca Island and Maputo Central Train Station. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see human ingenuity at work at Barragem dos Pequenos Libombos, steep yourself in history at Vila Algarve, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de Maputo.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Maputo day trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Maputo is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, things will get a bit warmer in Maputo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tofo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marine Megafauna Foundation, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral da Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Bazaruto.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tofo trip planner .

Getting from Maputo to Tofo by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Tofo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Machilla Magic and Manyikeni. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Vilanculos travel planner .

Getting from Tofo to Vilanculos by combination of car and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Gecko Safaris Rwanda - Day Tours and Kirenga Kamugisha. Step off the beaten path and head to The National Art Gallery and Kandt House Natural History Museum. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Campaign Against Genocide Museum, ponder the world of politics at Parliament, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint-Famille Church, and explore the world behind art at Abien Arts Center.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Kigali trip builder .

Getting from Vilanculos to Kigali by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. In September in Kigali, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time 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
Kandt House Museum
Kandt House Museum
Abien Arts Center ©
Abien Arts Center

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 Kayaking & Canoeing and Virunga National Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, don't miss a visit to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp, and stop by Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ruhengeri route planning website .

Drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, Ruhengeri is slightly colder than Kigali - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, Iby'iwacu Cultural Village
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
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Virunga National Park ©
Virunga National Park
Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo ©
Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reptile Park (Parc des Reptiles) and then admire the sheer force of Karera Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bujumbura online sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Ruhengeri to Bujumbura in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, Bujumbura is somewhat warmer than Ruhengeri - with highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages. Do some cultural sightseeing at Aero Club of East Africa (ACEA) and Kibera. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nairobi: Mount Longonot (in Maai Mahiu) and Sigona Golf Club (in Kikuyu). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Karura Forest, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Nairobi Mosques, and try to win big at Finix Casino.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Nairobi trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Bujumbura to Nairobi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central African Time to Eastern African Time is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bujumbura in September, with highs in Nairobi at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Nairobi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sigona Golf Club, Mount Longonot
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:
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Mount Longonot ©
Mount Longonot
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Karura Forest ©
Karura Forest

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Local Ocean Conservation: Watamu Turtle Watch. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gede Ruins and Mnarani Ruins (Museum). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Watamu: Kilifi (3 Degrees South & Good Samaritan Nature and Culture Reserve). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Isola dell'Amore, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia delle Tartarughe, take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, and don't miss a visit to Malindi.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Watamu trip planning website .

Fly from Nairobi to Watamu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Nairobi in September, expect Watamu to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nyali Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swim with Dolphins and Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mombasa: Diani Beach (Colobus Conservation, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, & more). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mombasa Marine National Park, contemplate the long history of Jumba la Mtwana, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mombasa road trip site .

Getting from Watamu to Mombasa by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Watamu in September, Mombasa is little chillier at night with lows of 24°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
Colobus Conservation ©
Colobus Conservation

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Engaruka. Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: get outside with Kili Dreamers, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Duluti, and look for gifts at House Of Gems.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Arusha trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Mombasa to Arusha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mombasa in September; daily highs in Arusha reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish 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
Safaris
Kayaking & Canoeing
Lake Duluti ©
Lake Duluti

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Paje Scooter Rent. Step off the beaten path and head to Matemwe Beach and Kuza Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zanzibar City: Kiwengwa Beach (in Kiwengwa) and Unguja City (Fukuchani Ruins & Mnemba Atoll). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax in the rural setting at Tangawizi Spice Farm, stop by Aromas of Zanzibar, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City online travel planner .

Getting from Arusha to Zanzibar City by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Arusha in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Zanzibar City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Unguja City, Kuza Cave, Matemwe Beach, Paje Scooter Rent
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 8:
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Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave
Paje Scooter Rent ©
Paje Scooter Rent

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kessy Brothers Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Ascend Tanzania and Mount Kibo. Next up on the itinerary: browse for treasures at Mama Africa Curio, buy something for everyone on your list at Kibo Tower, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Moshi trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Zanzibar City to Moshi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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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