15 days in Africa Itinerary

15 days in Africa Itinerary

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15 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sharm El Sheikh side-trips: Dahab (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Hole). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, ponder the design of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at St Catherine Shop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sharm El Sheikh is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sharm El Sheikh: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Dahab
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Off-Road Tours
Na'ama Bay ©
Na'ama Bay

3
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, explore the activities along Nile River, and delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairo online trip planner .

Fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in December, expect Cairo to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

3
nights
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Addis Mercato.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Addis Ababa day trip website .

Getting from Cairo to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Addis Ababa is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Addis Ababa, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Food Tours
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park, view the masterpieces at Upepo Photography Gallery, and then stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then stroll through Giraffe Centre, and then join the crowd at GP Karting.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Nairobi online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Addis Ababa in January, Nairobi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nungwi Beach in Nungwi (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, stroll around Forodhani Park, steep yourself in history at Christ Church Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zanzibar City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Zanzibar City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in January; daily highs in Zanzibar City reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cheetah's Rock, Nungwi Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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