19 days in Africa Itinerary

19 days in Africa Itinerary

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Mombasa, Kenya
— 1 night
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Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
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Kigali, Rwanda
— 1 night
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 1 night
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Kampala, Uganda
— 1 night
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Juba, South Sudan
— 2 nights
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 1 night
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
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Hargeysa, Somalia
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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.
On the 17th (Wed), stroll through Haller Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mombasa travel planner.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Mombasa is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Mombasa. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Mombasa

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

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Nairobi, Kenya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nairobi National Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop), then see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nairobi trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Mombasa to Nairobi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mombasa in March, with highs in Nairobi at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Kigali.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

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Kigali, Rwanda

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, then browse the exhibits of Niyo Arts Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Inema Arts Centre, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ivuka Arts Studio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kigali road trip planning site.

You can fly from Nairobi to Kigali in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nairobi to Kigali, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:

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Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stop by Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope, explore the activities along Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, then make a trip to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp, and finally steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Volcanoes National Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Ruhengeri holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kigali to Ruhengeri takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kigali in March: high temperatures in Ruhengeri hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Goma.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:

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Nestled between two opposites--a lake and a volcano--Goma represents an adventurous vacation spot.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu and then surround yourself with nature on Kasitu Eco Tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Goma day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ruhengeri to Goma takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Goma when traveling from Ruhengeri in March, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Goma

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

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Kampala, Uganda

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 25th (Thu): look for gifts at Kampala Fair (in Entebbe), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaddafi National Mosque, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Afriart Gallery. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kampala tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Goma to Kampala takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Goma to Kampala is 1 hour. When traveling from Goma in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kampala: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Juba.

Things to do in Kampala

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

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Juba, South Sudan

A frantic metropolis bursting from the White Nile River, Juba stands as the capital and largest city of the Republic of South Sudan.
Juba is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Cathedral and take in the spiritual surroundings of Main Mosque.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Juba tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kampala to Juba in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kampala to Juba. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kampala in March: high temperatures in Juba hover around 37°C and lows are around 31°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Mon) before leaving for Lalibela.

Things to do in Juba

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:

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Lalibela, Ethiopia

Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
On the 31st (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery and then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Juba to Lalibela in 19 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Juba to Lalibela. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

City of Humans

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then soar above the sights with Abyssinia Ballooning. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis, then see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, and finally stop by Leather Exotica.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip planning site.

Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hargeysa.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:

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Hargeysa, Somalia

A capital of the self-declared state of Somaliland, Hargeisa is the second-largest city in Somalia.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at MiG Jet, head outdoors with Laas Geel Site, and then pick up some local products at Livestock Market.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hargeysa online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Hargeysa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Addis Ababa in April, with highs in Hargeysa at 35°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hargeysa

Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Kenya travel guide

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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.

Rwanda travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · National Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.

Democratic Republic of the Congo travel guide

3.8
National Parks · Mountains · Wildlife Areas
Democratic Republic of Congo possesses a wealth of scenic highlights, ethnic diversity, and a complex history. Inaccessible for many years due to conflict, the country once again draws adventurous and confident travelers looking for a different type of vacation. For those who can forego the usual home comforts and quickly adapt to challenging conditions, the rewards of a holiday in Democratic Republic of Congo are numerous--trekking through unspoiled forests, spotting endemic wildlife, and meeting welcoming, inspiring people.

Uganda travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.

South Sudan travel guide

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Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites
South Sudan became the world's youngest nation in 2011, with the splitting of the continents largest state. The civil war that preceded the separation would inevitably leave deep traces on the psyche of the people and the stability of the political situation, but any initial optimism was quickly dimmed with government forces and rebel groups once more at war. The country boasts a fascinating mix of tribes and cultures and provides the setting for the second largest animal migration in the world, with antelopes crossing large swathes of the country. Despite this, holidays in South Sudan appeal to only a few daring travelers--tourism sector remains undeveloped and infrastructure lacking.

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.

Somalia travel guide

3.8
Outdoor Activities · Nature & Parks · Sacred & Religious Sites
With ancient historical sites, the longest coastline on the continent, a rich and varied cuisine, and sprawling desert and savannah landscapes, Somalia has plenty to make it appealing to international visitors. Events in the recent past, however, made holidays in Somalia nearly impossible. The civil war that began in 1991 led to the country being declared a failed state. The introduction of a new constitution and government in 2012 has led to a glimmer of optimism.