16 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

16 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Mombasa, Kenya
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Mogadishu, Somalia
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Djibouti, Djibouti
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Sanaa, Yemen
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Asmara, Eritrea
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Khartoum, Sudan
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Nairobi, Kenya

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.
Nairobi is known for parks, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, see the interesting displays at Nairobi National Museum, have some family-friendly fun at GP Karting, and stop by Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop).

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nairobi visit planning app.

Boston, USA to Nairobi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Boston to Nairobi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Boston in July; daily highs in Nairobi reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), stroll through Haller Park and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mombasa sightseeing website.

You can fly from Nairobi to Mombasa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nairobi in July, with highs in Mombasa at 83°F and lows at 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mogadishu.

Things to do in Mombasa

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:
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Mogadishu, Somalia

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Shanghai Old City.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mogadishu holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Mombasa to Mogadishu takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mombasa in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 77°F in Mogadishu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Djibouti.
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:
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Djibouti, Djibouti

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 15th (Wed): appreciate the views at Day Forest National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Djibouti road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mogadishu to Djibouti takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mogadishu in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Djibouti: highs are around 102°F and lows about 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sanaa.

Things to do in Djibouti

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:
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Sanaa, Yemen

One of the oldest cities in the world, the capital Sanaa provides visitors with a rich taste of ancient Arabian culture.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque of Sana'a and then don't miss a visit to Al Saleh Mosque. Keep things going the next day: stop by Old City, then explore the historical opulence of Dar al-Hajar, and then don't miss a visit to Bab al-Yemen.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Sanaa journey maker site.

Explore your travel options from Djibouti to Sanaa with the Route module. Traveling from Djibouti in July, you will find days in Sanaa are slightly colder (86°F), and nights are colder (63°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Sanaa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Asmara, Eritrea

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 18th (Sat), admire the striking features of Fiat Tagliero, don't miss a visit to Medebar Market, admire the striking features of Cattedrale di Asmara, make a trip to Liberation Avenue (also called Harnet Ave), then admire the striking features of Nda Mariam Othodox Church, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cinema Roma.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Asmara online trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Sanaa to Asmara with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Khartoum.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

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Khartoum, Sudan

Situated at the meeting point of the White and Blue Niles, the sprawling capital Khartoum captivates with its welcoming atmosphere, chaotic marketplaces, and extravagant skyline punctuated with glass towers.
On the 19th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, see the interesting displays at Sudan National Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Mojo Gallery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Khartoum War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Khartoum trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Asmara to Khartoum takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Asmara to Khartoum is minus 1 hour. July in Khartoum sees daily highs of 100°F and lows of 81°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Khartoum

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:

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Lalibela, Ethiopia

Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela travel route builder website.

You can fly from Khartoum to Lalibela in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Khartoum to Lalibela. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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.
On the 21st (Tue), make a trip to Menelik II Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, and finally examine the collection at Ethnological Museum. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip maker.

Getting from Lalibela to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In July in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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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.

Somalia travel guide

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Outdoor Activities · Nature & Parks · 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.

Yemen travel guide

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Ruins · Nature & Parks · Landmarks
Years of political instability and armed conflicts have kept Yemen off most travel itineraries, yet this country boasts an incredibly rich history and equally impressive landscapes. Home of the biblical kingdom of Sheba, which thrived for over a thousand years, Yemen entered the 20th century divided between the British and Ottoman empires. Independent since 1990, the country remains highly troubled, with tourism in Yemen virtually nonexistent. The few travelers who make it there discover an ancient land of sleepy mountain villages, marine life-rich coral reefs, and forests boasting some of the rarest tree species in the world.

Eritrea travel guide

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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.

Sudan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Ruins
Splitting with South Sudan in 2011, Sudan remains a vast, diverse place. Desert and savannah landscapes dominate much of the north and south, while the east and west are primarily mountainous. Ancient Nubian ruins dot the desert areas in the north, with the section close to the Nile once home to great and powerful kingdoms. The main cities offer an array of interesting and evocative Islamic sites, with many centuries-old mosques and religious schools and market squares--all worthy of addition on a comprehensive Sudan itinerary.

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.