17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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17 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  24 h
1
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
2
Chamarel, Mauritius
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Arusha, Tanzania
— Few hours
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Kigali, Rwanda
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
8
Bujumbura, Burundi
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Kampala, Uganda
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Drive + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
10
Chirongui, Mayotte
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Drive + Fly:  13 h 30 min
11
Moheli, Comoros
— 1 day
Fly:  9 h 15 min
12
Nairobi, Kenya
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h
13
Mogadishu, Somalia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
14
Djibouti, Djibouti
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
15
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
16
Asmara, Eritrea
— 1 night
Fly:  28 h
End: Vancouver, Canada

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night
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
On the 10th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Galerie Passerose and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anse Lazio.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Praslin Island visit planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Praslin Island is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Vancouver to Praslin Island due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Vancouver in October: high temperatures in Praslin Island hover around 35°C and lows are around 30°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chamarel.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Anse Lazio ©
Anse Lazio
Galerie Passerose ©
Galerie Passerose

1
night
Chamarel, Mauritius

Chamarel ©
The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Chamarel Waterfall and then take in the dramatic natural features at Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chamarel trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Praslin Island to Chamarel takes 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Praslin Island in October; daily highs in Chamarel reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Leu.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chamarel Waterfall
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Chamarel Waterfall ©
Chamarel Waterfall

1
night
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

Saint-Leu is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. On the 12th (Mon), get interesting insight from Tours and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Leu trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Chamarel to Saint-Leu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Nosy Be, Madagascar

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nosy Be journey maker app .

Getting from Saint-Leu to Nosy Be by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Saint-Leu to Nosy Be, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Saint-Leu in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nosy Be: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 26°C at night. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Plan a trip to Zanzibar City easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can fly from Nosy Be to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Nature Shopping
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Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar

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hours
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.
For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Arusha trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Arusha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Zanzibar City in October: high temperatures in Arusha hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel to Kigali.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Niyo Arts Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, and then look for gifts at Azizi Life Boutique.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kigali road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arusha to Kigali in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Arusha to Kigali. In October, daily temperatures in Kigali can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums Shopping
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Niyo Arts Gallery ©
Niyo Arts Gallery
Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Azizi Life Boutique ©
Azizi Life Boutique

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hours
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.
For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Bujumbura travel route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Kigali to Bujumbura takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kigali in October, Bujumbura is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. You'll set off for Kampala on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks Nature Wildlife
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1
night
Kampala, Uganda

Kampala
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Maramagambo Forest.

Planning Kampala trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bujumbura to Kampala in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bujumbura to Kampala. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bujumbura in October: high temperatures in Kampala hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Chirongui.

Things to do in Kampala

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Maramagambo Forest
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night
Chirongui, Mayotte

Chirongui ©
Chirongui is a commune in the French overseas department of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. On the 17th (Sat), get outside with Mont Choungui.

For maps and tourist information, use the Chirongui attractions tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Kampala to Chirongui takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kampala in October, with highs in Chirongui at 36°C and lows at 28°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Moheli.

Things to do in Chirongui

Outdoors
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Mont Choungui ©
Mont Choungui

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day
Moheli, Comoros

Moheli ©
Mohéli, also known as Mwali, is an autonomous island in that forms part of the Union of the Comoros.LocationMohéli is located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Domoni Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miringoni Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nioumachoua Beach, and finally stroll through Kave Hoani.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Moheli trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Chirongui to Moheli in 13.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Moheli

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nioumachoua Beach ©
Nioumachoua Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nairobi itinerary planner .

Fly from Moheli to Nairobi in 9.5 hours. October in Nairobi sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mogadishu.

Things to do in Nairobi

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Off-Road Tours
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Mogadishu, Somalia

Mogadishu ©
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.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mogadishu Cathedral and then make a trip to Shanghai Old City.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mogadishu day trip planner.

Getting from Nairobi to Mogadishu by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nairobi in October: high temperatures in Mogadishu hover around 35°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Djibouti.

Things to do in Mogadishu

Historic Sites
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Mogadishu Cathedral ©
Mogadishu Cathedral
Shanghai Old City ©
Shanghai Old City

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night
Djibouti, Djibouti

Djibouti
Djibouti, the country's eponymous capital and largest city, houses over two thirds of the nation's population.
To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Djibouti trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Mogadishu to Djibouti in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Djibouti sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 33°C at night. You'll set off for Addis Ababa on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Djibouti

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 22nd (Thu), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Djibouti to Addis Ababa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Djibouti in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Addis Ababa, with highs around 27°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Asmara.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Horseback Riding Tours
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Asmara, Eritrea

Asmara ©
Having earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its abundance of Italian modernist architecture, Asmara boasts a rich history and architectural gems.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Cinema Roma.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Asmara vacation planning site .

Getting from Addis Ababa to Asmara by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Asmara

Historic Sites
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Nda Mariam Othodox Church ©
Nda Mariam Othodox Church
Enda Marian- Cattedrale Copta Di Asmara ©
Cinema Roma ©
Cinema Roma

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