18 days in Africa Itinerary

18 days in Africa Itinerary

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18 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Hurghada, Egypt
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Nairobi, Kenya
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Hurghada is known for wildlife, nature, adventure, theme parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mosque El Mina Masjid, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Hurghada trip itinerary builder tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hurghada is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for slightly colder days in Hurghada, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Dahab (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, browse the different shops at SOHO Square, wander the streets of Na'ama Bay, and admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Sharm El Sheikh are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square

4
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, and steep yourself in history at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in January, things will get a bit cooler in Cairo: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

2
nights
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, and finally look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Cairo to Addis Ababa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairo to Addis Ababa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairo in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Addis Ababa: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nairobi National Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Upepo Photography Gallery, and then stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nairobi journey planner .

Fly from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Addis Ababa in January since evenings lows in Nairobi dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nairobi

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

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zanzibar City: Nungwi (Nungwi Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, relax in the rural setting at Tangawizi Spice Farm, stroll through Cheetah's Rock, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach.

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You can fly from Nairobi to Zanzibar City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nairobi in January, expect Zanzibar City to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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