60 days in Africa Itinerary

60 days in Africa Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 5 nights
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Durban, South Africa
— 4 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa
— 8 nights
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Windhoek, Namibia
— 4 nights
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Swakopmund, Namibia
— 5 nights
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
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Kigali, Rwanda
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Gonder, Ethiopia
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Watamu, Kenya
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Mombasa, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Johannesburg, South Africa — 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Johannesburg: Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Horseback Africa). Pack the 2nd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Gold Reef City. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Central Park Trails.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary tool.

Perth, Australia to Johannesburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to South Africa Standard Time is minus 6 hours. In November, daytime highs in Johannesburg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Durban.
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Durban, South Africa — 4 nights

Surf City

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Get out of town with these interesting Durban side-trips: Ballito (Spas & Willard Beach). Next up on the itinerary: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, admire the natural beauty at Durban Botanic Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Mile, and see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Durban trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Durban in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, Durban is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cape Town.
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Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

Cape Town, South Africa — 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Lion's Head, stroll through Signal Hill, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Town day trip planning app.

Getting from Durban to Cape Town by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durban in December; daily highs in Cape Town reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Windhoek.
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Find places to stay Dec 9 — 17:

Windhoek, Namibia — 4 nights

Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Spend the 20th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, browse the different shops at The Grove Mall of Namibia, sample the fine beverages at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery, and look for gifts at Sunstar Diamonds.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Windhoek travel planner.

Fly from Cape Town to Windhoek in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape Town to Windhoek, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in December, you will find days in Windhoek are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Swakopmund.
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Swakopmund, Namibia — 5 nights

Nestled on Namibia's Atlantic coast and surrounded by the sand dunes of the vast Namib Desert, the resort town of Swakopmund enchants visitors with its distinct German colonial architecture and pleasant climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Swakopmund side-trips: Walvis Bay (Mola Mola Safaris, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more) and Spitzkoppe (in Damaraland). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Swakopmund Museum, take in the waterfront at Swakopmund Jetty, and look for gifts at Die Muschel.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Swakopmund trip itinerary site.

Getting from Windhoek to Swakopmund by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. In December, Swakopmund is a bit cooler than Windhoek - with highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ruhengeri.
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda — 2 nights

Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stop by Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo, and then steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcanoes National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ruhengeri day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Swakopmund to Ruhengeri in 16.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Swakopmund to Ruhengeri due to the time zone difference. December in Ruhengeri sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kigali.
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Kigali, Rwanda — 6 nights

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.
Spend the 1st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Kigali Genocide Memorial, soothe aching muscles at WAKA Fitness, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nyamata Church, and look for gifts at Abraham Konga.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kigali trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Ruhengeri to Kigali takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ruhengeri in December; daily highs in Kigali reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Gonder.
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Gonder, Ethiopia — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gonder day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kigali to Gonder takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kigali to Gonder, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Gonder, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lalibela.
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Lalibela, Ethiopia — 4 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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lalibela trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Lalibela takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Addis Ababa.
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — 6 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.
On the 11th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Entoto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Tibeb Leather Works, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Addis Ababa, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly to Watamu.
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Watamu, Kenya — 4 nights

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.
Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Watamu National Marine Park. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get engrossed in the history at Gede Ruins, and take a peaceful walk through Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Watamu travel planning website.

Getting from Addis Ababa to Watamu by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Addis Ababa in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Watamu, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mombasa.
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Mombasa, Kenya — 3 nights

Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Go for a jaunt from Mombasa to Diani Beach to see Diani Beach about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jackal Adventure Safaris, take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for gifts at Imani Collective.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mombasa driving holiday planner.

Getting from Watamu to Mombasa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Mombasa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can fly to Nairobi.
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Nairobi, Kenya — 6 nights

Green City in the Sun

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.
Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House, see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Nairobi tour site.

Getting from Mombasa to Nairobi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Mombasa in January, expect Nairobi to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.
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Namibia travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · Deserts · Landmarks
Land of the Brave
Since gaining independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has sought to rival its neighbor in terms of tourist appeal. While it hasn't yet gotten up to the numbers of South Africa, Namibia tourism sector has plenty to work with. The desert and mountainous areas represent a real source of appeal, with species of classic African game animals, such as desert lions, zebras, and elephants real highlights of safaris through the national parks. Namibians are rightly proud of their country, and the myriad traditional villages, colonial German towns, and lively urban centers all deserve your attention.
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Rwanda travel guide

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Specialty Museums · National Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.
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Ethiopia travel guide

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Specialty 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.
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Kenya travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.
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