51 days in Africa Itinerary

51 days in Africa Itinerary

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51 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly + taxi:  20​h 45​min
1
Moshi, Tanzania
— 6 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Arusha, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h
4
Mombasa, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
5
Watamu, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Nairobi, Kenya
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Swakopmund, Namibia
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Montreal, Canada

6
nights
Moshi, Tanzania

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Mount Kilimanjaro. Spend the 20th (Mon) on two wheels at Ascend Tanzania. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Mama Africa Curio.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Moshi trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Moshi is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Montreal to Moshi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Kilimanjaro
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Climbing Tours
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Safaris

5
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

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. Cultural Heritage Centre and Old Boma Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Safaris in Arusha National Park (about 2 hours away). There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and see the interesting displays at Tanzanite Experience.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Moshi to Arusha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Arusha are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Arusha National Park
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Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris

6
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Prison Island - Changuu Private Island and Nungwi Beach. Get some cultural insight at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) and The Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe). Venture out of the city with trips to Space Station Zanzibar (in Tunguu), Paje Beach (in Paje) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Nungwi). There's still lots to do: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, look for gifts at Mwanzo Mpya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and explore the ancient world of Hamamni Persian Baths.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Arusha to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Arusha in January, with highs in Zanzibar City at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nungwi, Zanzibar Island, Space Station Zanzibar, Paje Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

5
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Jesus Museum and Shree Cutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mombasa: Diani Beach (in Diani Beach) and Ndoro Sculpture Garden Malindi (in Malindi). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Haller Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple.

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Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Mombasa takes an hour. In February, daytime highs in Mombasa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ndoro Sculpture Garden Malindi, Diani Beach
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Safaris
Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Watamu, Kenya

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Watamu National Marine Park and Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Local Ocean Conservation: Watamu Turtle Watch.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Watamu day trip planning site .

Getting from Mombasa to Watamu by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Watamu

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gede
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

7
nights
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.
Visiting Safaris and Nairobi National Park will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi National Museum. There's much more to do: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, stroll the grounds of Nairobi War Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and explore the striking landscape of Central Island National Park.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi trip maker website .

You can fly from Watamu to Nairobi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Watamu in February, things will get little chillier in Nairobi: highs are around 32°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Central Island National Park
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Safaris
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

3
nights
Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe ©
The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Nkhoma Mountain. Chongoni Rock-Art Area and Maula Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka, don't miss a visit to World War I Memorial, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lilongwe trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nairobi to Lilongwe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nairobi to Lilongwe due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Chongoni Rock-Art Area
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Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
Chongoni Rock-Art Area ©
Chongoni Rock-Art Area
Maula Cathedral ©
Maula Cathedral

4
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek ©
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 Safaris. Christuskirche and Katutura Township are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Cuno Hoffmeister Memorial Observatory, look for gifts at Herrle & Herma Jewellers, and examine the collection at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Windhoek trip planner .

You can fly from Lilongwe to Windhoek in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Windhoek are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Swakopmund.

Things to do in Windhoek

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Deadvlei
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Deadvlei ©
Deadvlei
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve

8
nights
Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Swakopmund Museum and German Evangelical Lutheran Church. Take a break from the city and head to Spitzkoppe and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Walvis Bay) and Gobabeb (Gobabeb Desert Research Station & Dorob National Park). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Die Muschel, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Swakopmund travel route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Windhoek to Swakopmund takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Windhoek in February: highs in Swakopmund hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Swakopmund

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Walvis Bay, Gobabeb, Spitzkoppe
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Spitzkoppe ©
Spitzkoppe
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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