60 days in Africa Itinerary

60 days in Africa Itinerary

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Kigali, Rwanda
— 10 nights
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 3 nights
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Butare, Rwanda
— 3 nights
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Bujumbura, Burundi
— 5 nights
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Harare, Zimbabwe
— 9 nights
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Chimanimani, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 7 nights
Fly to Bulawayo, Taxi to Matobo National Park - The Matopos
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Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
— 5 nights
Fly to Lagos, Drive to Cotonou
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Cotonou, Benin
— 5 nights
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Conakry, Guinea
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Kigali, Rwanda — 10 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 24th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, enjoy some diversion at Azizi Life Studio, wander the streets of Muslim Quarter, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kigali road trip tool.

Charlotte, USA to Kigali is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Kigali. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Charlotte in April since evenings lows in Kigali dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ruhengeri.
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Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 22 — May 2:

Ruhengeri, Rwanda — 3 nights

Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
Take a break from Ruhengeri with a short trip to Congo Nile Trail in Rubavu, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for gifts at Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope, and explore the activities along Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ruhengeri trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kigali in May; daily highs in Ruhengeri reach 71°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Butare.
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Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Adventure
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Butare, Rwanda — 3 nights

Butare is a city in the Southern Province of Rwanda and capital of Huye district. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Butare: Nyanza (The Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa & The Royal Palace). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at King's Palace Museum, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Butare catholic Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Butare trip planner.

Getting from Ruhengeri to Butare by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Ruhengeri in May, you will find days in Butare are somewhat warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bujumbura.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Bujumbura, Burundi — 5 nights

Because of its history, Bujumbura reflects a colonial charm which shows through in its buildings, wide boulevards, and carefree way of life.
Get out of town with these interesting Bujumbura side-trips: Gitega (Gishora Drum Sanctuary & National Museum of Gitega). Spend the 9th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Rusizi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Karera Waterfalls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reptile Park (Parc des Reptiles), appreciate the history behind Livingstone-Stanley Monument, and make a trip to Monument de l'Unite.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Bujumbura trip website.

Drive from Butare to Bujumbura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Butare in May, Bujumbura is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Harare.
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Find places to stay May 8 — 13:

Harare, Zimbabwe — 9 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Harare: Imire: Rhino & Wildlife Conservation (in Wedza) and Gosho Park (in Marondera). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kuimba Shiri Bird Sanctuary, explore the fascinating underground world of Domboshawa Caves, pause for some photo ops at National Heroes Acre, and look for gifts at kiki's gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Harare, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bujumbura to Harare by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Bujumbura in May, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Harare: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chimanimani.
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Find places to stay May 13 — 22:

Chimanimani, Zimbabwe — 3 nights

Chimanimani District is a mountainous area in the province of Manicaland, eastern Zimbabwe. On the 23rd (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chimanimani Mountains National Park. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Birchenough Bridge and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chimanimani journey planner.

Traveling by car from Harare to Chimanimani takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chimanimani when traveling from Harare in May, with lows around 56°F. You will leave for Hwange National Park on the 25th (Wed).
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Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

On the 26th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Painted Dog Conservation and then walk around Hwange National Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hwange National Park trip maker website.

You can drive from Chimanimani to Hwange National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Chimanimani in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hwange National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Victoria Falls.
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Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe — 7 nights

Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
Spend the 30th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, wander the wide-open spaces of Crocodile Park Victoria Falls, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls day trip planner.

You can drive from Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Victoria Falls can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Matobo National Park - The Matopos.
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Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 3:

Matobo National Park - The Matopos, Zimbabwe — 2 nights

On the 4th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Matobo Hills. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at African Wanderer Safaris and then make a trip to Cecil Rhode's Burial Place.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Matobo National Park - The Matopos trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Victoria Falls to Matobo National Park - The Matopos in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bulawayo.
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe — 5 nights

A vacation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, offers a pleasant base for wider explorations of some of the country's national parks and game reserves.
Bulawayo is known for museums, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Matobo National Park, soothe aching muscles at The Haven Relaxation and Beauty Spa, admire the landmark architecture of Nesbitt Castle, and see the interesting displays at Bulawayo Railway Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bulawayo day trip app.

You can drive from Matobo National Park - The Matopos to Bulawayo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cotonou.
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Cotonou, Benin — 5 nights

Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cotonou: Lac Nokoue (in Ganvie), Porto-Novo (Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo, Musee Honme (Palais Royal), &more) and Ouidah (Temple des Pythons, La Porte Du Non Retour, &more). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Bab's Dock, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel church, shop like a local with Artisanal Center, and hunt for treasures at Marche Dantokpa.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cotonou trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Bulawayo to Cotonou in 15 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bulawayo to Cotonou. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bulawayo in June: highs in Cotonou hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Conakry.
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Conakry, Guinea — 4 nights

Guinea's capital and largest city, Conakry acts as the nation's economic and cultural center, containing nearly a quarter of the population.
Step out of Conakry to go to Dubreka and see Les Cascades De La Soumba, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Iles de Los, take in the spiritual surroundings of Conakry Grand Mosque, browse the exhibits of National Museum (Musee National), and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Conakry day trip planning app.

Getting from Cotonou to Conakry by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cotonou to Conakry is minus 1 hour. June in Conakry sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:

Rwanda travel guide

4.3
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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Burundi travel guide

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Nature & Parks · Historic Sites · Monuments
Heart of Africa
Though landlocked, Burundi provides plenty of chances to spend time close to the water, with the capital located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. Tourism in Burundi focuses primarily on the capital and the natural areas and traditional towns just outside it, with pristine lakeside beaches to explore, along with tribal villages protecting centuries-old traditions. Civil war affected the country's economy and devastated its population between 1993 and 2005. Political unrest and violence began again in 2015.
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Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
Waterfalls · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.
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Benin travel guide

3.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Land of Songs
With a distinctive culture and a history of global importance, Benin offers plenty of appeal outside its renowned national parks in the north of the country. The Atlantic coast in the south boasts many of the main cultural attractions in Benin, including ruins of old kingdoms, historical sites related to the slave trade, and Voodoo markets and places of worship and ritual. The road network and burgeoning eco-tourism industry allow visitors to create Benin itineraries that include both the cultural coast and the rugged wilderness of the interior.
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Guinea travel guide

3.2
Islands · Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
The coast and hinterland of Guinea hold many hidden areas of attractive scenery, largely untouched by human hand. Explorations of the inland forests top many Guinea itineraries, with forest elephants marching through the lush greenery and exotic birds up in the trees just waiting to be spotted.
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