22 days in Benin, Mauritius & Ethiopia Itinerary

22 days in Benin, Mauritius & Ethiopia Itinerary

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Fly to Cadjehoun Airport, Drive to Ouidah
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Ouidah, Benin
— 1 day
Drive
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Cotonou, Benin
— 3 nights
Drive to Lagos, Fly to Flic En Flac
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Flic En Flac, Mauritius
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 5 nights
Fly
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gonder, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Drive
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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
Fly

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Ouidah, Benin

— 1 day
Ouidah, historically also called Whydah, Juda, Juida by the French and Ajudá by the Portuguese, formally the Kingdom of Whydah (so named for the Whydah Bird of Paradise), is a city on the coast of the Republic of Benin. On the 20th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Ouidah Museum of History, steep yourself in history at La Porte Du Non Retour, and then don't miss a visit to Temple des Pythons.

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Philadelphia, USA to Ouidah is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Philadelphia to Ouidah, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in November, expect Ouidah to be much warmer, temps between 88°F and 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cotonou.

Things to do in Ouidah

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): hunt for treasures at Marche Dantokpa, get a taste of the local shopping with Artisanal Center, make a trip to Fondation Zinsou, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Nokoue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquee de Zongo. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Immaculee Conception, then make a trip to Jardin Place Jean Bayol, then explore the historical opulence of Musee Honme (Palais Royal), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque of Porto-Novo.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cotonou trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Ouidah to Cotonou in an hour. In November in Cotonou, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Flic En Flac.

Things to do in Cotonou

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Flic En Flac side-trips: Dolphin Warrior (in La Gaulette) and Chamarel (Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark & Rhumerie de Chamarel). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Flic en Flac Beach, browse for treasures at Le Dernier Comptoir, get in on the family fun at Casela Nature Parks, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tamarin Falls.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cotonou to Flic En Flac takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Cotonou to Flic En Flac. Traveling from Cotonou in November, expect Flic En Flac to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Baie.

Things to do in Flic En Flac

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Baie: Jummah Mosque (in Port Louis) and Siva Soopramaniar Kovile Bel-Air Riviere Seche (in Bel Air). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at SSR Botanic Garden, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at Patrick Mavros Atelier, and get engrossed in the history at L'Aventure du Sucre.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grand Baie online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Flic En Flac to Grand Baie takes 1.5 hours. In November in Grand Baie, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Grand Baie

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

— 3 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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Entoto, explore the galleries of National Museum of Ethiopia, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa trip itinerary planning site.

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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Grand Baie in December: highs in Addis Ababa hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then steep yourself in history at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George.

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Fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Gonder, Ethiopia

— 1 night

Camelot of Africa

A former royal city, Gonder once served as the Ethiopian Empire's capital--it still boasts well-preserved remains of 17th-century castles and palaces that shed light on the opulent lifestyle of the bygone times.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gonder online trip builder.

You can fly from Lalibela to Gonder in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Church of Debre Sina Maryam and then explore the activities along Lake Tana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip planner.

Drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in December, Bahir Dar is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

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.