23 days in Africa Itinerary

23 days in Africa Itinerary

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23 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Geneva, Switzerland
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Mombasa, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Jinja, Uganda
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Kampala, Uganda
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Bujumbura, Burundi
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Geneva, Switzerland

2
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa ©
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.
Step out of Mombasa to go to Diani Beach and see Diani Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 19th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 21st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mombasa trip builder site .

Geneva, Switzerland to Mombasa is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Geneva to Mombasa due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Geneva in December, with highs in Mombasa at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Diani Beach
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Diani Beach ©
Diani Beach
Safaris
Haller Park ©
Haller Park

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Nungwi Beach and Nakupenda Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Paje Beach (in Paje) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Nungwi). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, relax in the rural setting at Tangawizi Spice Farm, take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

Before you visit Zanzibar City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Mombasa to Zanzibar City by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jinja.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Nungwi, Paje Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

2
nights
Jinja, Uganda

Travelers looking for an adrenaline boost flock to Jinja, a bustling town on the shores of Lake Victoria, known as the source of the White Nile.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Victoria Nile.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jinja trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Zanzibar City to Jinja in 6.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Zanzibar City in December; daily highs in Jinja reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Kampala.

Things to do in Jinja

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Victoria Nile ©
Victoria Nile

3
nights
Kampala, Uganda

Kampala ©
Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
Step out of Kampala with an excursion to Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre in Entebbe--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Katwe Tourism Information Centre, delve into the lush surroundings at Maramagambo Forest, make a trip to Uganda Martyrs National Shrine, and look for gifts at Kona.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kampala driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Jinja to Kampala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Kampala sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Goma.

Things to do in Kampala

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre
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Katwe Tourism Information Centre ©
Katwe Tourism Information Centre
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Goma ©
Nestled between two opposites--a lake and a volcano--Goma represents an adventurous vacation spot.
On the 1st (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kivu and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nyiragongo.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Goma route planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Kampala to Goma takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kampala to Goma due to the time zone difference. December in Goma sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will leave for Ruhengeri on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Goma

Nature Parks
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Mount Nyiragongo ©
Mount Nyiragongo
Lake Kivu ©
Lake Kivu

2
nights
Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Ruhengeri ©
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcanoes National Park and then look for gifts at Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo and then explore the striking landscape of Virunga National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ruhengeri trip maker tool .

Getting from Goma to Ruhengeri by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Western African Time to Central African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Goma in January since evenings lows in Ruhengeri dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo
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Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes National Park
Virunga National Park ©
Virunga National Park
Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo ©
Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo

1
night
Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura ©
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
On the 5th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Musee Vivant and then stroll around Rusizi National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bujumbura trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Ruhengeri to Bujumbura in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Ruhengeri in January, expect Bujumbura to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Rusizi National Park ©
Rusizi National Park
Musee Vivant ©
Musee Vivant

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.
Bring the kids along to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Giraffe Centre. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the landscape on two wheels at Karura Forest, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nairobi day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Bujumbura to Nairobi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bujumbura to Nairobi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bujumbura in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Nairobi, with lows of 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nairobi

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

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