26 days in Africa Itinerary

26 days in Africa Itinerary

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26 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  3​h
3
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Harare, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Nairobi, Kenya
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Mek'ele, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
You've added Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling, Constantia Valley, Table Mountain National Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, get great views at Cape of Good Hope, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town driving holiday planning tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Cape Town is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Cape Town is minus 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in October: high temperatures in Cape Town hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Lusaka.

Things to do in Cape Town

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Chapman's Peak Drive
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 25:
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Cape of Good Hope ©
Cape of Good Hope
Table Mountain National Park ©
Table Mountain National Park

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then try to win big at Montecasino, and finally try your luck at Emperors Palace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Johannesburg travel site .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Cape Town in October, you will find days in Johannesburg are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Johannesburg

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, Emperors Palace
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

2
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
On the 28th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then view the masterpieces at Prime Art Gallery, and finally take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls road trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in October: high temperatures in Victoria Falls hover around 40°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Harare.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
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Safaris
Victoria Falls Bridge ©
Victoria Falls Bridge

2
nights
Harare, Zimbabwe

Harare ©
Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): make a trip to Raintree Venue, stroll through Mukuvisi Woodlands, then stroll through Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN, then admire the natural beauty at Harare Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Sam Levy's Village. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Thetford Game Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lion and Cheetah Park, then stroll through Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary, and finally stop by Simpli Simbi.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Harare tour itinerary tool .

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Harare in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Victoria Falls in October; daily highs in Harare reach 34°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Harare

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN ©
Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN
Thetford Game Reserve ©
Thetford Game Reserve
Raintree Venue ©
Raintree Venue

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nairobi: Kiambethu Farm (in Limuru) and Mount Longonot (in Maai Mahiu). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Nairobi National Park, stop by Utamaduni Craft Centre, admire the striking features of African Heritage House, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nairobi trip maker tool .

You can fly from Harare to Nairobi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Harare to Nairobi. Traveling from Harare in November, expect nights in Nairobi to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Nairobi

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiambethu Farm, Mount Longonot
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 6:
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

4
nights
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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Mausoleum of Menelik II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis, look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia, and steep yourself in history at Meskel Square.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Addis Ababa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nairobi in November, expect little chillier with lows of 12°C in Addis Ababa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Tiya World Heritage Site
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
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Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
The Mausoleum of Menelik II ©
The Mausoleum of Menelik II
Salem's Ethiopia ©
Salem's Ethiopia

2
nights
Mek'ele, Ethiopia

Mek'ele ©
To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mek'ele online vacation maker .

Getting from Addis Ababa to Mek'ele by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Mek'ele

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
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Gheralta rock ©
Gheralta rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Martyr's Memorial Monument ©
Martyr's Memorial Monument

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