30 days in Africa Itinerary

30 days in Africa Itinerary

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30 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  26​h
1
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Moshi, Tanzania
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Kigali, Rwanda
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Bujumbura, Burundi
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Eastern Province, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Entebbe, Uganda
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Jinja, Uganda
— Few hours
Fly:  29​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

6
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond and Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zanzibar City: Kendwa Beach (in Kendwa) and Uroa Bay (in Uroa). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zanzibar Butterfly Centre, steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, stop by Aromas of Zanzibar, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zanzibar City trip maker site .

Vancouver, Canada to Zanzibar City is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in November, things will get much hotter in Zanzibar City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Kendwa Beach, Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond, Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, Stonetown, Uroa Bay
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Kendwa Beach ©
Kendwa Beach
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park ©
Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park

2
nights
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater. On your second day here, make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Zanzibar City to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 4.5 hours. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Moshi.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

#Nature, #Parks
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

6
nights
Moshi, Tanzania

Moshi
Situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sleepy town of Moshi provides tourist with a safe and pleasant place to stay in while touring the region or braving Africa's highest mountain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Origin Trails. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moshi: Chagga Live Museum (in Marangu), Mount Kilimanjaro (in Kilimanjaro National Park) and Ngurdoto Crater (in Arusha). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kikuletwa Hotsprings and stop by Sanaa Zetu.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Moshi online journey planner .

Getting from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Moshi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kigali.

Things to do in Moshi

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Chagga Museum, Ngurdoto Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro
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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Safaris
Ngurdoto Crater ©
Ngurdoto Crater

3
nights
Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali ©
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Inema Art Center and Amahoro Stadium. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, stop by Rwanda Clothing Store, steep yourself in history at Ntarama Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint-Famille Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kigali road trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Moshi to Kigali in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moshi to Kigali due to the time zone difference. In November in Kigali, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Kigali

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Inema Art Center ©
Inema Art Center
Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Ntarama Church ©
Ntarama Church

2
nights
Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Ruhengeri ©
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
On the 20th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Volcans National Park and then contemplate the long history of Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ruhengeri route maker site .

Traveling by car from Kigali to Ruhengeri takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kigali in November, expect Ruhengeri to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Iby'iwacu Cultural Village
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Volcans National Park ©
Volcans National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park ©
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Iby'iwacu Cultural Village ©
Iby'iwacu Cultural Village

2
nights
Bujumbura, Burundi

Bujumbura ©
Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
On the 22nd (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rusizi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Livingstone-Stanley Monument and then pause for some photo ops at Monument de l'Unite.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Bujumbura travel route planner .

Getting from Ruhengeri to Bujumbura by combination of car and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ruhengeri in November: high temperatures in Bujumbura hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Eastern Province.

Things to do in Bujumbura

#Nature, #Parks
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Monument de l'Unite ©
Monument de l'Unite
Livingstone-Stanley Monument ©
Livingstone-Stanley Monument

2
nights
Eastern Province, Rwanda

Eastern Province ©
Eastern Province is the largest, the most populous and the least densely populated of Rwanda's five provinces. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Akagera National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Eastern Province trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bujumbura to Eastern Province in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bujumbura in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Eastern Province, with lows of 19°C. You'll set off for Entebbe on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Eastern Province

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Akagera National Park ©
Akagera National Park

4
nights
Entebbe, Uganda

Entebbe ©
Nestled on Lake Victoria Peninsula, the laid-back town of Entebbe once served as seat of the colonial government, yet remains widely known as the scene of the 1976 Israeli rescue of hostages kidnapped by Palestinian and German plane hijackers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Entebbe Botanic Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Kampala (Gaddafi National Mosque, Rubaga-Kathedrale, & more). There's more to do: stroll through Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Entebbe online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Eastern Province to Entebbe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Eastern Province to Entebbe. In November, daily temperatures in Entebbe can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jinja.

Things to do in Entebbe

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Kampala
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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary ©
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Entebbe Botanic Gardens ©
Entebbe Botanic Gardens

few
hours
Jinja, Uganda

Jinja ©
Travelers looking for an adrenaline boost flock to Jinja, a bustling town on the shores of Lake Victoria, known as the source of the White Nile.
On the 29th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Source of the Nile - Speke Monument and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Jinja trip planner.

You can drive from Entebbe to Jinja in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jinja

#Historic Sites
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Source of the Nile - Speke Monument ©

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