24 days in Egypt, Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

24 days in Egypt, Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

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24 days in Egypt, Tanzania & Kenya Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Hurghada, Egypt
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  10 h 15 min
4
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Watamu, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
8
Paje, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Edmonton, Canada

4
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Visit El Fanar and Ras Um Sid for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shark Diving. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, admire the striking features of Al Mustafa Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Victims of Plane Crash of Boeing 737.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh travel itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Sharm El Sheikh is an approximately 23.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 9 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Edmonton in December; daily highs in Sharm El Sheikh reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Shark Diving
Ras Um Sid ©
Ras Um Sid

4
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada ©
Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Step out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Family-friendly places like Makadi Water World and Hurghada Grand Aquarium will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Careless Reef, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mosque El Mina Masjid, and cool off at Jungle Aqua Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hurghada road trip app.

Getting from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hurghada, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Careless Reef ©
Careless Reef
Parasailing & Paragliding
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Marsa Alam, Egypt

Marsa Alam ©
The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
Explore hidden gems such as Abu Dabbab Beach and Elphinstone Reef. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Hankorab Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Marsa Shoona Bay and stroll through Dolphin House - Sha'ab Samadai Reef.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam trip planning tool.

Drive from Hurghada to Marsa Alam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In January in Marsa Alam, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Abu Dabbab Beach ©
Abu Dabbab Beach
Shark Diving
Elphinstone Reef ©
Elphinstone Reef

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 11th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheetah's Rock. On your second day here, look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nakupenda Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Marsa Alam to Zanzibar City by combination of taxi and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Marsa Alam to Zanzibar City is 1 hour. Traveling from Marsa Alam in January, expect Zanzibar City to be much hotter, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nakupenda Beach
Nakupenda Beach
Aromas of Zanzibar ©
Aromas of Zanzibar

3
nights
Watamu, Kenya

Watamu ©
Hailed for its picturesque scenery and pristine beaches, the village of Watamu on Kenya's Indian Ocean coastline attracts both adventure seekers and those looking for a relaxing seaside holiday.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mida Creek and Local Ocean Conservation. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Watamu National Marine Park. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours and take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Watamu trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Zanzibar City to Watamu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Watamu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Watamu

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
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Mida Creek ©
Mida Creek
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mara Triangle. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Maasai Mara National Reserve day trip planning app.

Fly from Watamu to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Watamu in January, plan for little chillier days in Maasai Mara National Reserve, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Balloon Rides

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stroll through Retima Hippo Pool and then explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park trip planning tool.

Getting from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Serengeti National Park, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Paje.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool
Seronera ©
Seronera

2
nights
Paje, Tanzania

Paje ©
Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Jambiani Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jozani Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Paje Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paje holiday site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Serengeti National Park to Paje in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Serengeti National Park in January: highs in Paje hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paje

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jambiani Beach, Jozani Forest
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Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach
Paje Beach ©
Paje Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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