12 days in Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

12 days in Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

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12 days in Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Watamu, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Arusha, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
night
Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela online tour itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lalibela is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Lalibela is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church ©

1
night
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 27th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Addis Ababa planner .

You can fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

2
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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.
On the 28th (Sat), stroll through Nairobi National Park, view the masterpieces at Upepo Photography Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre, and then look for gifts at Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop).

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nairobi online vacation planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Arusha to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

2
nights
Watamu, Kenya

Watamu ©
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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the activities along Mida Creek and then explore the striking landscape of Watamu National Marine Park. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with 3 Degrees South.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Watamu online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Watamu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Nairobi in December, expect Watamu to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Watamu

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

3 Degrees South
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Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Mida Creek ©
Mida Creek

2
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha ©
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
On the 1st (Wed), see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre and then stroll around Serengeti Heritage. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Duluti, then stop by iheartz Collections, and then head outdoors with Kili Dreamers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arusha travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Watamu to Arusha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Watamu in December: high temperatures in Arusha hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Serengeti Heritage ©
Serengeti Heritage
Lake Duluti ©
Lake Duluti
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre

3
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aromas of Zanzibar and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral, experience rural life at Shabuta Spice Farm, and pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Zanzibar City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Arusha in January, expect Zanzibar City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar

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