12 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Egypt Itinerary

12 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Egypt Itinerary

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12 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Egypt Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  5​h
1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Nairobi, Kenya
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Hurghada, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): walk around Forodhani Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Paje Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Zanzibar City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, car, train, and ferry. Traveling from Johannesburg to Zanzibar City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Zanzibar City is a bit warmer than Johannesburg - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Paje
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Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, then view the masterpieces at Upepo Photography Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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Fly from Zanzibar City to Nairobi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City in December, things will get a bit cooler in Nairobi: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Upepo Photography Gallery ©
Upepo Photography Gallery

2
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, then appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum and then delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cairo road trip planning website .

Fly from Nairobi to Cairo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nairobi in December: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

3
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coptic Orthodox Church and Al Mustafa Mosque. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ras Um Sid, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip site .

Getting from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cairo in December; daily highs in Sharm El Sheikh reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Coptic Orthodox Church ©
Coptic Orthodox Church
Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid

3
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mosque El Mina Masjid. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Hurghada Grand Aquarium and then cool off at Makadi Water World.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hurghada trip planner .

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hurghada, with lows of 13°C. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Hurghada

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Makadi Water World ©
Makadi Water World
Mosque El Mina Masjid ©
Mosque El Mina Masjid

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