51 days in Africa Itinerary

51 days in Africa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Africa travel planner

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Moshi, Tanzania
— 6 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 5 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
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Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
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Watamu, Kenya
— 4 nights
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 7 nights
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Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 8 nights
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Moshi, Tanzania

— 6 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Safaris. Go for a jaunt from Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park to see Mount Kilimanjaro about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 21st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: see the sights as you ascend with Ascend Tanzania and take in the exciting artwork at Mama Africa Giftshop.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Moshi visit planning site.

Montreal, Canada to Moshi is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to East Africa Time is 8 hours. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Moshi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Find places to stay Jan 16 — 22:

Arusha, Tanzania

— 5 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Mt Meru. Get some cultural insight at Cultural Heritage Centre and Old Boma Museum. When in Arusha, make a side trip to see Safaris in Arusha National Park, approximately Arusha National Park away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at The Tanzanite Experience, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Arusha trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Moshi to Arusha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 27:

Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 6 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.
Visiting Cheetah's Rock and Paje Beach will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu) and Nungwi (Scuba & Snorkeling & Nungwi Beach). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, delve into the distant past at The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe), get engrossed in the history at Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel), and view the masterpieces at Dr Bulugu Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zanzibar City vacation planner.

You can 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 January, expect Zanzibar City to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Mombasa.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Diani Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some cultural insight at Fort Jesus Museum and Shiva Temple. Take a break from Mombasa with a short trip to Ndoro Sculpture Garden Malindi in Malindi, about 2h 30 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mombasa trip planner.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Mombasa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Watamu.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:

Watamu, Kenya

— 4 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Watamu National Marine Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, gain insight at Local Ocean Conservation, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mida Creek.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Watamu holiday planner.

You can drive from Mombasa to Watamu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Watamu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nairobi.

Things to do in Watamu

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:

Nairobi, Kenya

— 7 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 in touch with nature at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Safaris. Get a sense of the local culture at Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi National Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park, explore the galleries of Nairobi railway museum, steep yourself in history at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, and stroll through Giraffe Centre.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nairobi road trip website.

You can fly from Watamu to Nairobi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Watamu in February, with highs in Nairobi at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 18:

Lilongwe, Malawi

— 3 nights
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Take a break from the city and head to Nkhoma Mountain and Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. Chongoni Rock-Art Area and Maula Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Gems and Jewellery Lanka and pause for some photo ops at World War I Memorial.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lilongwe trip itinerary app.

Getting from Nairobi to Lilongwe by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Central Africa Time (CAT) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Windhoek.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:

Windhoek, Namibia

— 4 nights
Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Escape the urban bustle at Deadvlei and Nande Explorer Cultural Township Tours. Christuskirche and Cuno Hoffmeister Memorial Observatory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Gibeon Meteorites, and stop by Herrle & Herma Jewellers.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Windhoek online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lilongwe to Windhoek takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lilongwe to Windhoek is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:

Swakopmund, Namibia

— 8 nights
Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Get outdoors at Spitzkoppe and Safaris. Get some cultural insight at Swakopmund Museum and German Evangelical Lutheran Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Swakopmund: Walvis Bay (Kayaking & Canoeing & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Gobabeb (Gobabeb Desert Research Station & Dorob National Park). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stop by Die Muschel, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and admire the striking features of Hohenzollernhaus.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Swakopmund trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Swakopmund takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Windhoek in February, you will find days in Swakopmund are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 4:

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.

Malawi travel guide

4.2
Mountains · Nature & Parks · Churches
Warm Heart of Africa
To find out how Malawi earned its nickname the "Warm Heart of Africa," just head to one of the country's little villages and ask for a place to stay. The reintroduction of lions in 2012 gave a much-needed boost to Malawi tourism sector, with safaris across the diverse natural landscape increasingly more popular and varied. The Great Rift topography gives the country some of its main scenic features, including one of the continent's largest lakes, a focus of many adventurous Malawi holidays.

Namibia travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.