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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Gambela, Ethiopia
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 9 nights
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Juba, South Sudan
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Kampala, Uganda
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — 7 nights

City of Humans

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Museum of Ethiopia and Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa road trip planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Addis Ababa is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Addis Ababa is minus 7 hours. In November in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Gambela.
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Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Gambela, Ethiopia — 3 nights

Gambela is a city and separate woreda in Ethiopia and the capital of the Gambela Region or kilil. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Gambella National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gambela online visit planner.

Fly from Addis Ababa to Gambela in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to Nairobi.
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Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:
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Nairobi, Kenya — 9 nights

Green City in the Sun

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.
Bring the kids along to Nairobi National Park and Nairobi National Museum. Spend the 8th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. On the 9th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, stop by Utamaduni Craft Centre, steep yourself in history at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gambela to Nairobi. In December, daytime highs in Nairobi are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to fly to Juba.
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Juba, South Sudan — 12 nights

A frantic metropolis bursting from the White Nile River, Juba stands as the capital and largest city of the Republic of South Sudan.
Juba is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Cathedral and take in the spiritual surroundings of Main Mosque.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Juba day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Juba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from East Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nairobi in December, with highs in Juba at 34°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kampala.
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Kampala, Uganda — 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Safaris and Entebbe Botanic Gardens will thrill your kids. Explore Kampala's surroundings by going to Jinja (Source of the Nile - Speke Monument & River Rafting & Tubing) and Entebbe (Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre & Victoria Mall). Spend the 30th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Uganda Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stop by Good Glass.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kampala trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Juba to Kampala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time (CAT) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Juba in December; daily highs in Kampala reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Ethiopia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.
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Kenya travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.
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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.
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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.
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