23 days in Africa Itinerary

23 days in Africa Itinerary

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23 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Kingston, Canada
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h
4
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
+5
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Shuttle + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
8
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Naivasha, Kenya
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Kingston, Canada

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Tanzanite Experience and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Arusha trip itinerary site .

Kingston, Canada to Arusha is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Kingston to Arusha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kingston in September, you will find days in Arusha are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shanga & Shanga Foundation ©
Shanga & Shanga Foundation

3
nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Serengeti National Park is known for nature, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Seronera, contemplate the waterfront views at Grumeti River, stroll through Retima Hippo Pool, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Serengeti National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Arusha to Serengeti National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Arusha in September, expect Serengeti National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Oldupai Gorge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area road trip planner .

Getting from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
Oldupai Gorge ©
Oldupai Gorge

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park, admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), then step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City route maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Zanzibar City takes 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Nungwi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)
Forodhani Park ©
Forodhani Park

4
nights
Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe) and Mnemba Atoll (in Unguja City). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nungwi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kendwa Beach, stop by Bahati Beach Boutique, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nungwi tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Zanzibar City to Nungwi takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Nungwi are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kendwa, Matemwe Beach, Mnemba Atoll
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach

2
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 wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi online trip planner .

Kingston, Canada to Nairobi is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Kingston to Nairobi due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kingston in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Nairobi, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lake Nakuru National Park.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 28th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. Spend the 30th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Maasai Mara National Reserve online route maker .

Getting from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nairobi in September, with highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve at 17°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lake Nakuru National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Nakuru. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Baboons & Vervits and then explore the ancient world of Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Nakuru National Park holiday tool .

Do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Lake Nakuru National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in September, you will find days in Lake Nakuru National Park are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Naivasha.

Things to do in Lake Nakuru National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Nakuru ©
Lake Nakuru
Baboons & Vervits ©
Baboons & Vervits
Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site
Hyrax Hill Prehistoric Site

1
night
Naivasha, Kenya

Naivasha ©
Nestled on the shore of the eponymous lake, the market town of Naivasha boasts an enviable location and serves as gateway to several national parks, including Hell's Gate--inspiration for the landscapes of Disney's "The Lion King." Boating among the hippos of the vast, placid lake; camping; and bird-watching top the list of things to do in Naivasha.
Lake Naivasha has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Enashipai Maa Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Naivasha, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crescent Island Game Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Naivasha trip builder .

Getting from Lake Nakuru National Park to Naivasha by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Naivasha, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naivasha

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Naivasha
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:
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Lake Naivasha ©
Lake Naivasha
Enashipai Maa Museum ©
Enashipai Maa Museum

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