22 days in Benin, Mauritius & Ethiopia Itinerary

22 days in Benin, Mauritius & Ethiopia Itinerary

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Cotonou, Benin
— 3 nights
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Flic En Flac, Mauritius
— 3 nights
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Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 5 nights
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 4 nights
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
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Cotonou, Benin

— 3 nights
Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
Explore Cotonou's surroundings by going to Lac Nokoue (in Ganvie), Porto-Novo (Jardin Place Jean Bayol, Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Immaculee Conception, &more) and Ouidah (Ouidah Museum of History, La Porte Du Non Retour, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Bab's Dock, hunt for treasures at Marche Dantokpa, admire the striking features of Palais des Congres, and make a trip to Fondation Zinsou.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cotonou online sightseeing planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Cotonou is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Cotonou, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Philadelphia in November: high temperatures in Cotonou hover around 88°F and lows are around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Flic En Flac.

Things to do in Cotonou

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

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Flic En Flac, Mauritius

— 3 nights
An unusual commodity in the lesser-touristed western part of Mauritius, the developed seaside village Flic En Flac boasts a vast white sandy beach that generates a large amount of tourism.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin Warrior (in La Gaulette) and Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark (in Chamarel). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Black River Gorges National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Flic en Flac Beach, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Le Dernier Comptoir, and find something for the whole family at Casela Nature Parks.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Flic En Flac trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cotonou to Flic En Flac takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Mauritius Standard Time (MUT) is 3 hours. In November, Flic En Flac is little chillier than Cotonou - with highs of 82°F and lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Baie.

Things to do in Flic En Flac

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

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Grand Baie, Mauritius

— 5 nights
Wide-open beaches with dazzling blue water and a relaxed coastal atmosphere lure visitors to take a trip to Grand Baie.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Baie: Grand River South East Waterfalls (in Beau Champ), Siva Soopramaniar Kovile Bel-Air Riviere Seche (in Bel Air) and Belle Mare Beach (in Belle Mare). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at SSR Botanic Garden, discover the deep blue sea with La Mouette Martial, head off the coast to Ile aux Cerfs, and browse the exhibits of L'Aventure du Sucre.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grand Baie day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Flic En Flac to Grand Baie takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Grand Baie

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

— 4 nights

City of Humans

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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, trot along with a tour on horseback, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Grand Baie to Addis Ababa in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Baie to Addis Ababa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Baie in December, you will find days in Addis Ababa are little chillier (71°F), and nights are much colder (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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Lalibela, Ethiopia

— 2 nights
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
On the 6th (Tue), view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery and then contemplate the long history of Church of St. George.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lalibela trip planner.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Lalibela by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

— 3 nights
Palm trees and tropical gardens line the spacious avenues of Bahar Dar, a town nestled on the southern shore of the vast, glistening Lake Tana.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then explore the activities along Lake Tana.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Bahir Dar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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Benin travel guide

3.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Land of Songs
With a distinctive culture and a history of global importance, Benin offers plenty of appeal outside its renowned national parks in the north of the country. The Atlantic coast in the south boasts many of the main cultural attractions in Benin, including ruins of old kingdoms, historical sites related to the slave trade, and Voodoo markets and places of worship and ritual. The road network and burgeoning eco-tourism industry allow visitors to create Benin itineraries that include both the cultural coast and the rugged wilderness of the interior.

Mauritius travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Geologic Formations
Island of Rainbows and Shooting Stars
A small but surprisingly multicultural island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius sits just east of Madagascar and offers a white-sand coastline lapped by sapphire waters. The contrasts of colors, tastes, and cultures here makes a vacation in Mauritius richly rewarding, with plenty to do along the coast and deeper inland. A tour of Mauritius usually includes long stops at the island's beaches, which serve as launching points for deep-sea fishing trips, dolphin-watching excursions, and scuba diving adventures. Farther away from the water, you can discover a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Mauritius is made for explorations on foot, with several volcanic summits and a large national park sheltering abundant species of indigenous plants and birds.

Ethiopia travel guide

4.2
Museums · National Parks · Ruins
Abyssinia
One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia was the only African nation not to fall under colonial control. The continued independence left the country with a wealth of undisturbed historical sites and cultural practices--reasons enough to plan a vacation in Ethiopia. Ancient ruins, hill tribes, wild forest areas, gushing rivers, and depressions filled with active volcanoes represent just some of the many Ethiopia attractions worthy of your attention.