6 days in Kenya, Ethiopia & Zanzibar City Itinerary

6 days in Kenya, Ethiopia & Zanzibar City Itinerary

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6 days in Kenya, Ethiopia & Zanzibar City Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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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, wildlife, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, view the masterpieces at Upepo Photography Gallery, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, and admire the striking features of African Heritage House.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi trip website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nairobi is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern African Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Nairobi, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

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

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sun), examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa online itinerary planner .

Getting from Nairobi to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Nairobi in December, expect Addis Ababa to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Historic Sites
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National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park, admire the landmark architecture of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), then head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City route planner .

Getting from Addis Ababa to Zanzibar City by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Addis Ababa in December, you will find days in Zanzibar City are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are much warmer (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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

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