13 days in Kenya, Tanzania & South Africa Itinerary

13 days in Kenya, Tanzania & South Africa Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights


Nairobi, Kenya — 2 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Room Escape Games. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, take in the awesome beauty at Elephant Hill, get a bird's-eye view with Air Tours, and get a dose of the wild on ToKenya.com.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nairobi vacation website.

Mumbai, India to Nairobi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Nairobi, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Nairobi is slightly colder than Mumbai - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Arusha.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
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Arusha, Tanzania — 2 nights

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get outside with Kili Dreamers, examine the collection at The Tanzanite Experience, and then see the interesting displays at Isle of Jewels. On your second day here, take an exotic tour of Kandoo Adventures and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Meserani Snake Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arusha route builder.

You can fly from Nairobi to Arusha in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Zanzibar City.
Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at Zanzibar Yoga with Jo and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip 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. In September, Zanzibar City is somewhat warmer than Arusha - with highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Johannesburg.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Side Trip
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 1 night

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll around The Wilds Nature Reserve and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Zanzibar City to Johannesburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zanzibar City in September, you will find days in Johannesburg are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are much colder (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cape Town.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Cape Town, South Africa — 6 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Step off the beaten path and head to Platteklip Gorge and Climbing Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Paarl (Mellasat Vineyards & Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve), Jonkershoek Nature Reserve (in Stellenbosch) and Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum & Lynx Wine). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with Ocean Wonder, brush up on your military savvy at Chavonnes Battery Museum, indulge your senses at Ocean and Vine Adventures & Tours, and relax in the rural setting at Oranjezicht City Farm.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Johannesburg in September: highs in Cape Town hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Kenya travel guide

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.

Tanzania travel guide

Safaris · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.

South Africa travel guide

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.