39 days in Africa Itinerary

39 days in Africa Itinerary

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39 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Bujumbura, Burundi
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kigali, Rwanda
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Moshi, Tanzania
— 7 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Arusha, Tanzania
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Moroni, Comoros
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
8
Lilongwe, Malawi
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Mulanje, Malawi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): walk around Rusizi National Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Karera Waterfalls, then appreciate the history behind Monument de l'Unite, and then make a trip to Mausolee du Prince Louis Rwagasore.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bujumbura road trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Bujumbura is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. When traveling from Cape Town in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Bujumbura: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Karera Waterfalls
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Rusizi National Park ©
Rusizi National Park
Monument de l'Unite ©
Monument de l'Unite
Mausolee du Prince Louis Rwagasore ©

3
nights
Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Ruhengeri ©
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Virunga National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcans National Park, contemplate the long history of Iby'iwacu Cultural Village, look for gifts at Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope, and don't miss a visit to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ruhengeri travel planning tool .

Getting from Bujumbura to Ruhengeri by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bujumbura in September: high temperatures in Ruhengeri hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Kigali.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Iby'iwacu Cultural Village
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Volcans National Park ©
Volcans National Park
Virunga National Park ©
Virunga National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and King's Palace Museum. Spend the 1st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, explore the galleries of Inema Arts Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nyamata Church, and witness the site of a historic battle at Camp Kigali Memorial.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kigali itinerary site .

You can drive from Ruhengeri to Kigali in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ruhengeri in September; daily highs in Kigali reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Moshi.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

The National Art Gallery, King's Palace Museum
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Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Safaris
Nyamata Church ©
Nyamata Church

7
nights
Moshi, Tanzania

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 Kikuletwa Hotsprings and Balloon Rides. Explore Moshi's surroundings by going to Mount Kilimanjaro (in Kilimanjaro National Park) and Chagga Museum (in Marangu). Spend the 10th (Thu) on two wheels at Ascend Tanzania. And it doesn't end there: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and stop by Mama Africa Curio.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Moshi travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kigali to Moshi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central African Time to Eastern African Time is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Moshi

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mount Kilimanjaro, Chagga Museum
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Climbing Tours
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Kikuletwa Hotsprings ©
Kikuletwa Hotsprings

6
nights
Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Photography Tours and Tanzanite Experience. Go for a jaunt from Arusha to Arusha National Park to see Arusha National Park about 1h 35 min away. Make the 13th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. On the 14th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, hunt for treasures at Masai Central Market, look for gifts at Shanga & Shanga Foundation, and examine the collection at Cultural Heritage Centre.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Arusha online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Moshi to Arusha in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October in Arusha, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Arusha National Park, Masai Central Market
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Climbing Tours
Photography Tours
Arusha National Park ©
Arusha National Park

7
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Tangawizi Spice Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Matemwe Beach (in Matemwe), Paje (Paje Scooter Rent & Stand-Up Paddleboarding) and Nungwi Beach (in Nungwi). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, explore the fascinating underground world of Kuza Cave, steep yourself in history at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and look for gifts at Aromas of Zanzibar.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zanzibar City trip maker app .

Fly from Arusha to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, Zanzibar City is a bit warmer than Arusha - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Moroni.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Zanzibar Island, Paje, Matemwe Beach, Kuza Cave, Nungwi Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Moroni, Comoros

Moroni ©
Moroni is the largest city, federal capital and seat of the government of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grande Mosquée de Moroni, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of the Comoros, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Karthala.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Moroni road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Moroni takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Moroni can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lilongwe.

Things to do in Moroni

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mount Karthala
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Mount Karthala ©
Mount Karthala
Grande Mosquée de Moroni ©
Grande Mosquée de Moroni
National Museum of the Comoros ©
National Museum of the Comoros

4
nights
Lilongwe, Malawi

The capital city of Malawi and its largest, Lilongwe serves as an important center of economy and transportation for the area.
Explore hidden gems such as Kuti Wildlife Reserve and Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art. Step out of Lilongwe with an excursion to Chongoni Rock-Art Area in Dedza--about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, pause for some photo ops at World War I Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nkhoma Mountain, and stop by Gems and Jewellery Lanka.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Lilongwe trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Moroni to Lilongwe in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moroni to Lilongwe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Mulanje.

Things to do in Lilongwe

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chongoni Rock-Art Area, Kungoni Centre of Culture & Art, Kuti Wildlife Reserve
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Safaris
Kuti Wildlife Reserve ©
Kuti Wildlife Reserve
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre ©
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

2
nights
Mulanje, Malawi

Mulanje ©
Mulanje is a town in the Southern Region, Malawi close to the border of Mozambique. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Mulanje.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mulanje travel planning site .

Getting from Lilongwe to Mulanje by combination of flight and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, daytime highs in Mulanje are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Mulanje

Parks Nature
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Mount Mulanje ©
Mount Mulanje

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