37 days in Africa Itinerary

37 days in Africa Itinerary

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Arusha, Tanzania
— 4 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar
— 2 nights
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Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 2 nights
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 2 nights
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
— 7 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Arusha, Tanzania

— 4 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Kili Dreamers. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Tanzanite Experience and The Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate. Step out of Arusha with an excursion to Climbing Tours in Arusha National Park--about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Arusha Village Experience, explore the galleries of Isle of Jewels, soothe aching muscles at Ai Care Spa, and hunt for treasures at Maasai Market Curios and Crafts.

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Amman, Jordan to Arusha is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amman to Arusha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amman in September, things will get slightly colder in Arusha: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 5 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Discover Zanzibar with Mr Brown and Uroa Bay. Explore Zanzibar City's surroundings by going to Tazari Caves (in Nungwi) and Kuza Cave (in Jambiani). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, browse the eclectic array of goods at Darajani Bazaar, experience rural life at Zanzibar Spices and Heritage Centre, and relax and rejuvenate at Cinnamon Spa.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip site.

Fly from Arusha to Zanzibar City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Arusha in September, expect Zanzibar City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Mombasa.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:

Mombasa, Kenya

— 5 nights
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 Bamburi Beach and Sipi Safaris. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Jumba la Mtwana. Step out of Mombasa to go to Kikambala and see Kikambala Beach, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Nguuni Nature Sanctuary, stop by Imani Collective, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at Fitness For Life GYM.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mombasa trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Mombasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daytime highs in Mombasa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez).

Things to do in Mombasa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:

Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar

— 2 nights
On a trip to Antsiranana, a sleepy port town in Madagascar's northernmost province, you can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of its streets, lined with quaint colonial-era buildings and colorful marketplaces.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): cast your line with Mad'avia Tour and then explore the historical opulence of Windsor Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Amber Mountain National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) road trip planning website.

Getting from Mombasa to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) by flight takes about 10.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Nosy Be, Madagascar

— 2 nights

Perfume Island

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.
On the 7th (Thu), stroll through Ambaro Ranch and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lemuria Land, step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mont Passot.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nosy Be trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) to Nosy Be takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Nosy Be can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Vilanculos, Mozambique

— 2 nights
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.
On the 10th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at Bahia Mar Wellness & SPA and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Machilla Magic and then get a dose of the wild on South East Africa Safaris.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vilanculos online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Nosy Be to Vilanculos by flight takes about 26.5 hours. The time zone changes from East Africa Time to Central Africa Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nosy Be in October, with highs in Vilanculos at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Stellenbosch.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Stellenbosch, South Africa

— 7 nights

City of Oaks

Straddling the banks of the Eerste River, the university town of Stellenbosch enjoys international fame for its renowned wine estates and gourmet restaurants.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like First South African Perfume Museum and Simonsig. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Remhoogte Wine Estate and Nederburg Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Franschhoek (Mont Rochelle & Spas) and Mellasat Vineyards (in Paarl). There's lots more to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dutch Reform Church, learn about winemaking at Zorgvliet Wine Estate, and see the interesting displays at Rupert Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Stellenbosch road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Vilanculos to Stellenbosch takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Vilanculos in October; daily highs in Stellenbosch reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can fly to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Stellenbosch

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 18:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 1 night
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get a taste of life in the country at Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the galleries of Prime Art Gallery, and finally get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls tour itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Stellenbosch to Victoria Falls in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Stellenbosch in October; daily highs in Victoria Falls reach 39°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
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Nairobi, Kenya

— 6 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Take a break from the city and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Ngong Hills. Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at Muthaiga Golf Club, try your luck at Ngong Racecourse, explore the galleries of Fundii Centre for the Arts, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamia Mosque.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nairobi day trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Victoria Falls to Nairobi takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Victoria Falls to Nairobi due to the time zone difference. In October, Nairobi is little chillier than Victoria Falls - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 26:

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Safaris · National Parks
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.

Madagascar travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.

Mozambique travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Architectural Buildings · Islands
Still relatively unvisited by international tourists, Mozambique boasts plenty of natural and cultural charms that could easy make it into a major vacation destination. The beaches of the south come in all shapes and sizes, while the less-visited north offers island archipelagos and untouched coral reefs. The colonial architecture of the main urban areas complements the colorful African heritage that still holds sway here, with the region's art, cuisine, and music ensuring each trip to Mozambique allows the visitor to appreciate the country's distinct culture and vast landscape.

South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.