56 days in Africa Itinerary

56 days in Africa Itinerary

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56 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
Kigali, Rwanda
— 5 nights
Bus:  2 h
2
Butare, Rwanda
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Rutana Province, Burundi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Bujumbura, Burundi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
6
Kabale, Uganda
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Eastern Province, Rwanda
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Jinja, Uganda
— 5 nights
Bus + Drive:  2 h
9
Entebbe, Uganda
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
10
Watamu, Kenya
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
11
Mombasa, Kenya
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h
12
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
13
Nairobi, Kenya
— 8 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Kigali, Rwanda

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ivuka Arts Studio. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at 1000 Hills Distillery, take in the history at Camp Kigali Memorial, and take in the exciting artwork at Niyo Arts Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kigali tour builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Kigali is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Kigali is minus 8 hours. In October in Kigali, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Butare.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Niyo Arts Gallery ©
Niyo Arts Gallery

3
nights
Butare, Rwanda

Butare ©
Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district. Explore hidden gems such as Nyungwe National Park and The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at King's Palace Museum and see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Butare trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Kigali to Butare takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Rutana Province.

Things to do in Butare

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa, Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda
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Nyungwe National Park ©
Nyungwe National Park
King's Palace Museum ©
King's Palace Museum
Murambi Genocide Memorial Center ©
Murambi Genocide Memorial Center

1
night
Rutana Province, Burundi

Rutana Province
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Karera Waterfalls.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Rutana Province vacation builder .

Getting from Butare to Rutana Province by car takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Bujumbura.

Things to do in Rutana Province

Parks Nature
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Monument de l'Unite and Mausolee du Prince Louis Rwagasore. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Rusizi National Park. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Livingstone-Stanley Monument, stroll through Reptile Park (Parc des Reptiles), and get curious at Geological Museum of Burundi.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Bujumbura travel planning site .

Traveling by car from Rutana Province to Bujumbura takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Bujumbura

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Rusizi National Park ©
Rusizi National Park
Livingstone-Stanley Monument ©
Livingstone-Stanley Monument
Monument de l'Unite ©
Monument de l'Unite

3
nights
Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Ruhengeri ©
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Visiting Volcans National Park and Congo Nile Trail will get you outdoors. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Virunga National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ruhengeri tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bujumbura to Ruhengeri in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Bujumbura in October, things will get slightly colder in Ruhengeri: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kabale.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Congo Nile Trail
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Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes National Park
Congo Nile Trail ©
Congo Nile Trail

5
nights
Kabale, Uganda

Kabale
The sleepy market town of Kabale in Western Uganda, although meagre in sights of its own, boasts close proximity to several national parks, just a couple of miles from the border with Rwanda.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Safaris. Escape the urban bustle at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Kabale trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Ruhengeri to Kabale takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central African Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Eastern Province.

Things to do in Kabale

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Safaris
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park ©
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

1
night
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 20th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Akagera National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Eastern Province route planner .

Getting from Kabale to Eastern Province by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Kabale to Eastern Province is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kabale in October: high temperatures in Eastern Province hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel to Jinja.

Things to do in Eastern Province

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Highlights from your plan
Akagera National Park ©
Akagera National Park

5
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Kayak the Nile and Victoria Nile. Step off the beaten path and head to Source of the Nile - Speke Monument and Nile Reptile Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mukono (Sezibwa Falls & Ssezibwa Falls). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Griffin Falls, take an in-depth tour of Source of the Nile Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Victoria Nile.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Jinja travel website .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Eastern Province to Jinja takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Eastern Province to Jinja, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Entebbe.

Things to do in Jinja

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Mukono
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
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Victoria Nile ©
Victoria Nile
Kayak the Nile ©
Kayak the Nile
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Safaris. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre and Lake Victoria. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Kampala (about 1h 25 min away). It doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Entebbe Botanic Gardens and meet the residents at Reptile village in Entebbe.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Entebbe route tool .

You can drive from Jinja to Entebbe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Entebbe

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kampala
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary ©
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
River Rafting & Tubing
Safaris

5
nights
Watamu, Kenya

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Watamu National Marine Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bio-Ken Snake Farm. Change things up with a short trip to Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in Gede (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll through Watamu Turtle Watch, head outdoors with Isola dell'Amore, and get engrossed in the history at Gede Ruins.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Watamu holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Entebbe to Watamu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Entebbe in October, with highs in Watamu at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Watamu

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Gede
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Local Ocean Conservation ©
Local Ocean Conservation

7
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Colobus Conservation will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mombasa Marine National Park and Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mombasa: Diani Beach (Swim with Dolphins, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nyali Beach, take a stroll through Old Town, admire the natural beauty at Mamba Village Centre, and meet the residents at Mombasa Butterfly House.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mombasa trip maker website .

Getting from Watamu to Mombasa by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. November in Mombasa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Mombasa

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Diani Beach
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 12:
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Swim with Dolphins
Colobus Conservation ©
Colobus Conservation
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Escape the urban bustle at Olare Orok Conservancy and Mara Triangle. There's more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and stroll through Musiara Swamp.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Maasai Mara National Reserve online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Mombasa to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mombasa in November, you will find days in Maasai Mara National Reserve are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are colder (14°C). On the 16th (Fri), you're off toNairobi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara North Conservancy ©
Mara North Conservancy
Musiara Swamp ©
Musiara Swamp

8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nairobi National Park and Giraffe Centre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Karura Forest and Ngong Hills. Spend the 17th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 22nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, have some family-friendly fun at GP Karting, contemplate the long history of Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nairobi trip maker .

You can fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in November: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Safaris
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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