19 days in Africa Itinerary

19 days in Africa Itinerary

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19 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Accra, Ghana
Fly + Drive:  2​h
1
Cape Coast, Ghana
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  2​h
2
Accra, Ghana
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
5
Moshi, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Watamu, Kenya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
7
Mombasa, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
8
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Accra, Ghana

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Elmina Castle and then explore the historical opulence of Cape Coast Castle.

Plan trip to Cape Coast with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Accra to Cape Coast is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January in Cape Coast, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Accra.

Things to do in Cape Coast

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Elmina Castle
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Cape Coast Castle ©
Cape Coast Castle
Elmina Castle ©
Elmina Castle

1
night
Accra, Ghana

Accra ©
On a tour of Accra, you can experience the vivacious and dynamic atmosphere of Ghana's sprawling capital city, a commercial and tourist hub of the region.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Labadi Pleasure Beach, appreciate the history behind Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, and then stroll through Bojo Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Accra trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cape Coast to Accra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Accra are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Accra

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Bojo Beach ©
Bojo Beach
Labadi Pleasure Beach ©
Labadi Pleasure Beach
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park ©
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

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, museums, wildlife, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, get some jogging in at Karura Forest, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nairobi trip planner .

You can fly from Accra to Nairobi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Ghana Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Accra in January: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Nairobi

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Cultural Heritage Centre and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Nairobi to Arusha by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the exhibits of Mama Africa Giftshop, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Moshi trip website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Arusha to Moshi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Moshi

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

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 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mida Creek and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Watamu National Marine Park. Keep things going the next day: deepen your understanding at Local Ocean Conservation, then take an in-depth tour of Gede Ruins, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia delle Tartarughe.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Watamu trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Moshi to Watamu in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January in Watamu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Imani Collective, take an in-depth tour of Fort Jesus Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mombasa trip planning website .

Getting from Watamu to Mombasa by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Mombasa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fort Jesus Museum ©
Fort Jesus Museum
Old Town ©
Old Town

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nungwi Beach in Nungwi (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock, and admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zanzibar City trip planner .

Getting from Mombasa to Zanzibar City by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Zanzibar City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Cheetah's Rock, Nungwi Beach
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Step out of Johannesburg to go to Pretoria and see Union Buildings, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, try to win big at Emperors Palace, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and laugh and play at Gold Reef City.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip planner.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Johannesburg by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, car, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zanzibar City to Johannesburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zanzibar City in January, expect Johannesburg to be slightly colder, temps between 33°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Tours

Side Trips

Jack Friedman Eastgate, Emperors Palace, Union Buildings
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Safaris
Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace

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