18 days in Ghana, Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

18 days in Ghana, Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

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18 days in Ghana, Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

Start: Accra, Ghana
Fly + Drive:  2​h
1
Cape Coast, Ghana
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
2
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Mafia Island, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Jambiani, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Matemwe, Tanzania
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
6
Malindi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h
7
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Accra, Ghana

1
night
Cape Coast, Ghana

Cape Coast ©
While it may seem like a regular fishing port at first glance, Cape Coast bears traces of the Portuguese, British, Danish, Swedish, and the Dutch colonists who variously ruled here.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Cape Coast Castle and then contemplate the long history of Fort William. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Fort St. Jago and then steep yourself in history at Elmina Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Coast day trip website .

Accra to Cape Coast is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Elmina, Fort William
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Cape Coast Castle ©
Cape Coast Castle
Elmina Castle ©
Elmina Castle
Fort William ©
Fort William

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral and Mtoni Palace Ruins. You'll get in some beach time at Kendwa Beach and Nungwi Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Baraka Natural Aquarium- Nungwi in Nungwi (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Christ Church Cathedral, relax in the rural setting at Tangawizi Spice Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cape Coast to Zanzibar City takes 14 hours. Traveling from Cape Coast to Zanzibar City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Mafia Island.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Nungwi, Kendwa Beach
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Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

1
night
Mafia Island, Tanzania

Mafia Island ©
A quiet, sandy landmass off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island lies dotted with peaceful lodges and sleepy fishing villages.
On the 16th (Thu), stroll through Mafia Marine National Park and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mafia Island online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Mafia Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Jambiani.

Things to do in Mafia Island

Wildlife Tours Parks
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Mafia Marine National Park ©
Mafia Marine National Park

1
night
Jambiani, Tanzania

Jambiani ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Jambiani Beach.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Jambiani trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mafia Island to Jambiani takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Matemwe.

Things to do in Jambiani

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Matemwe, Tanzania

Matemwe ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Matemwe Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kiwengwa Beach and then kick back and relax at Uroa Bay.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Matemwe online tour planner .

Getting from Jambiani to Matemwe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Matemwe are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Malindi.

Things to do in Matemwe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Uroa Bay, Kiwengwa Beach
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Matemwe Beach ©
Matemwe Beach
Uroa Bay ©
Uroa Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Malindi, Kenya

Malindi ©
Offering pristine, palm-lined beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and warm, sunny weather, the port town of Malindi rightly established itself as one of Kenya's prime tourism spots.
We've included these beaches for you: Watamu Beach and Che Shale Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mida Creek and Marafa-Hells Kitchen. Step out of Malindi to go to Watamu and see Watamu National Marine Park, which is approximately 42 minutes away.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Malindi trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Matemwe to Malindi. January in Malindi sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Malindi

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Watamu
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Che Shale Beach ©
Che Shale Beach
Watamu Beach ©
Watamu Beach
Mida Creek ©
Mida Creek

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi National Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, see Off-Road Tours, grab your bike and head to Karura Forest, and stroll through Giraffe Centre.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Nairobi sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Malindi to Nairobi in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Malindi in January; daily highs in Nairobi reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages ©
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum

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