31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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31 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Harare, Zimbabwe
Drive:  13​h
1
Dodoma, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
2
Nairobi, Kenya
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Juba, South Sudan
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
N'Djamena, Chad
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Zinder, Niger
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
6
Agadez, Niger
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Niamey, Niger
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Koure, Niger
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
9
Timbuktu, Mali
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  25​h
10
Lusaka, Zambia
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Harare, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
End: Harare, Zimbabwe

1
night
Dodoma, Tanzania

Dodoma ©
Dodoma, officially Dodoma Urban District, is the national capital of Tanzania and the capital of Dodoma Region, with a population of 410,956.GeographyLocated at, in the centre of the country, the town is 453km west of the former capital at Dar es Salaam and 441km south of Arusha, the headquarters of the East African Community. On the 16th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Selous Game Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and design of University of Dodoma, then stop by Oldonyo Orok Arts & Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaddafi Mosque, and finally stroll around Nyerere Square.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dodoma trip maker site .

Harare, Zimbabwe to Dodoma is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Harare to Dodoma. Traveling from Harare in November, expect Dodoma to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Dodoma

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oldonyo Orok Arts & Gallery, Selous Game Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Selous Game Reserve ©
Selous Game Reserve
Gaddafi Mosque ©
Gaddafi Mosque
Nyerere Square ©
Nyerere Square

6
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Giraffe Centre. Step out of Nairobi to go to Kikuyu and see Sigona Golf Club, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Nairobi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, explore the striking landscape of Central Island National Park, look for gifts at Utamaduni Craft Centre, and admire the striking features of African Heritage House.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nairobi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dodoma to Nairobi takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Dodoma in November, expect Nairobi to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Juba.

Things to do in Nairobi

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Central Island National Park, Sigona Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Giraffe Centre ©
Giraffe Centre
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

2
nights
Juba, South Sudan

Juba ©
A frantic metropolis bursting from the White Nile River, Juba stands as the capital and largest city of the Republic of South Sudan.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the activities along White Nile, take in the spiritual surroundings of St.Theresa Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Main Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): enjoy some diversion at Juba Stadium.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Juba trip website .

Fly from Nairobi to Juba in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Nairobi to Juba is minus 1 hour. In November, Juba is somewhat warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to N'Djamena.

Things to do in Juba

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
All Saints Cathedral ©
All Saints Cathedral
White Nile
White Nile

1
day
N'Djamena, Chad

N'Djamena ©
Chad's capital and largest city, N'Djamena serves as the main port on the Chari River, and a hub for livestock, grain, and salt.
On the 27th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Big Market Marché central, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque N'Djamena, then make a trip to Avenue Charles de Gaulle, and finally see the interesting displays at Musée National du Tchad.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our N'Djamena online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Juba to N'Djamena takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central African Time to Western African Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Juba in November: highs in N'Djamena hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zinder.

Things to do in N'Djamena

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Grand Mosque N'Djamena ©
Grand Mosque N'Djamena
Musée National du Tchad ©
Musée National du Tchad
Avenue Charles de Gaulle ©
Avenue Charles de Gaulle

1
day
Zinder, Niger

Zinder ©
Zinder, formerly also spelled Sinder, is the second largest city in Niger, with a population of 170,574 ; by 2005 its population was estimated to be over 200,000. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Residence of Heinrich Barth, wander the streets of Birni Quarter, then don't miss a visit to Grande Marche, then delve into the distant past at Sultan's Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Regional Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zinder trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from N'Djamena to Zinder takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Zinder sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Agadez.

Things to do in Zinder

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan's Palace ©
Sultan's Palace
Birni Quarter ©
Birni Quarter
Regional Museum ©
Regional Museum

1
night
Agadez, Niger

Agadez ©
Agadez, formerly spelled Agades, is the largest city in central Niger, with a population of 118,244 (2012 census). Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take a stroll through The Old Quarter and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agadez Grande Mosquee.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Agadez trip builder website .

Getting from Zinder to Agadez by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Niamey.

Things to do in Agadez

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Agadez Grande Mosquee ©
Agadez Grande Mosquee
The Old Quarter ©
The Old Quarter

2
nights
Niamey, Niger

Niamey ©
The capital and largest city of Niger, Niamey serves as an administrative, cultural, and economic center on the Niger River.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosquee Cite Caisse, admire all the interesting features of Ferme Youyou, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, then explore the world behind art at National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Marche, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Niamey Grand Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating landscape at Tenere Desert.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Niamey trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Agadez to Niamey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Agadez in November: high temperatures in Niamey hover around 43°C and lows are around 25°C. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Koure.

Things to do in Niamey

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tenere Desert
Highlights from your plan
Tenere Desert ©
Tenere Desert
Niamey Grand Mosque ©
Niamey Grand Mosque
Mosquee Cite Caisse ©
Mosquee Cite Caisse

1
night
Koure, Niger

Koure ©
On the 2nd (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Koure Giraffe Reserve.

To plan Koure vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Niamey to Koure takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Koure are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Timbuktu.

Things to do in Koure

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Koure Giraffe Reserve ©
Koure Giraffe Reserve

1
day
Timbuktu, Mali

Timbuktu ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sankore and then contemplate the long history of Djinguereber Mosque.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Timbuktu travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Koure to Timbuktu in 18 hours. Another option is to fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Koure to Timbuktu due to the time zone difference. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Lusaka.

Things to do in Timbuktu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Djinguereber Mosque ©
Djinguereber Mosque

6
nights
Lusaka, Zambia

Lusaka ©
Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia's commercial and government center, thrives mostly due to its central location and well-connected airport, making it a gateway for exploring the country's numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Spend the 7th (Sat) in the pleasant surroundings of Chaminuka Game Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Lower Zambezi National Park, take in the exciting artwork at 37D Gallery, hike along Southern Africa Freedom Trail, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Crafts Market.

Plan my day in Lusaka using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Timbuktu to Lusaka. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Timbuktu to Lusaka due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Harare.

Things to do in Lusaka

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kapishya Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Lower Zambezi National Park ©
Lower Zambezi National Park
Cathedral of The Holy Cross Lusaka ©
The Lilayi Elephant Nursery ©
The Lilayi Elephant Nursery

5
nights
Harare, Zimbabwe

Harare ©
Regarded as the nation's leading commercial, financial, and communications center, Harare attracts tourists with its modern architecture mixed with British colonial influence and traditional African flair.
Kids will enjoy Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN and Lion and Cheetah Park. Step out of Harare to go to Wedza and see Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Umfurudzi Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary, browse the collection at National Archives of Zimbabwe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anglican Cathedral, and stop by Sam Levy's Village.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Harare road trip planning website .

You can fly from Lusaka to Harare in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Harare

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation
Highlights from your plan
Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN ©
Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN
Umfurudzi Park ©
Umfurudzi Park
Ngomakurira Mountain ©
Ngomakurira Mountain

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