12 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Ethiopia Itinerary

12 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Ethiopia Itinerary

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12 days in Tanzania, Kenya & Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Moshi, Tanzania
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Watamu, Kenya
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Arusha trip itinerary builder website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Arusha is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Arusha. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Climbing Tours
Cultural Heritage Centre ©
Cultural Heritage Centre

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Fri), browse for treasures at Mama Africa Giftshop, get interesting insight from Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Moshi trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Arusha to Moshi by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Tours Shopping
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Climbing Tours
Mama Africa Giftshop ©
Mama Africa Giftshop
Spas & Wellness

3
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.
Nairobi is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, explore the galleries of Fundii Centre for the Arts, explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, and stop by Penny Winter Boutique.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Nairobi trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Nairobi are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Museums
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

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.
On the 31st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Church of St. George, explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lalibela day trip planning app .

You can fly from Nairobi to Lalibela in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough 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
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

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 1st (Wed): examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Addis Ababa driving holiday site .

Getting from Lalibela to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Outdoors Museums Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Mida Creek and then explore the striking landscape of Watamu National Marine Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Local Ocean Conservation, then delve into the lush surroundings at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, and then get engrossed in the history at Gede Ruins.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Watamu trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Addis Ababa to Watamu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Addis Ababa, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Watamu, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Gede
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Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins
Mida Creek ©
Mida Creek

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, look for gifts at Mwanzo Mpya, and then step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Watamu to Zanzibar City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. January in Zanzibar City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nungwi Beach, Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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