15 days in Africa Itinerary

15 days in Africa Itinerary

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15 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 30 min
2
Giza, Egypt
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h
3
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  14 h 30 min
4
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  3 h
5
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech ©
You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, admire the striking features of Saadian Tombs, then explore and take pictures at Menara Gardens and Pavilion, and finally admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Bahia Palace, then admire the striking features of Ben Youssef Madrasa, and then steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Marrakech trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Western European Time (WET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect nights in Marrakech to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 100°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Giza.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

1
day
Giza, Egypt

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, and then examine the collection at Solar Boat Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Giza trip maker app .

You can fly from Marrakech to Giza in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Marrakech to Giza. When traveling from Marrakech in July, plan for little chillier days in Giza, with highs around 95°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Musee de la Barque Solaire ©
Musee de la Barque Solaire

2
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Luxor Temple, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, then get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Valley of the Kings. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, then explore the ancient world of Medinet Habu, then stroll the grounds of Valley of the Queens, and finally explore the ancient world of Tomb of Queen Nefertari.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Luxor holiday builder app .

Traveling by flight from Giza to Luxor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Giza, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 106°F to lows of 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tomb of Queen Nefertari ©
Tomb of Queen Nefertari
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

1
night
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, and then stroll through Victoria Falls Snake Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Victoria Falls trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Luxor to Victoria Falls takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Luxor in July: high temperatures in Victoria Falls hover around 76°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, steep yourself in history at Mandela House, and then ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History and then take in the exciting artwork at Kim Sacks Gallery.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip maker tool .

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Victoria Falls in July: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 67°F and lows are around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum

4
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Get outdoors at Cape of Good Hope and Platteklip Gorge. Robben Island Museum and Castle of Good Hope will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach, explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, examine the collection at Great Synagogue, and do a tasting at Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town online tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Cape Town, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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