17 days in Africa Itinerary

17 days in Africa Itinerary

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17 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly:  13​h
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
3
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cape Town, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

4
nights
Cairo, Egypt

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). Spend the 29th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, take a stroll through Islamic Cairo, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, and see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairo trip itinerary builder app .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Cairo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Cairo. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Cairo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

3
nights
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.
Marrakech is known for parks, shopping, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, contemplate the long history of El Badi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Saadian Tombs, and make a trip to Medina of Marrakesh.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Marrakech route maker app .

You can fly from Cairo to Marrakech in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairo to Marrakech. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cairo in October since evenings lows in Marrakech dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

2
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at Ocean Sole (Flip the Flop), examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, then stroll through Giraffe Centre, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nairobi tour planner.

Fly from Marrakech to Nairobi in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Marrakech to Nairobi, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Marrakech in November, Nairobi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

2
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, and then make a trip to Nelson Mandela Square. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip planner .

You can fly from Nairobi to Johannesburg in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nairobi to Johannesburg, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nairobi in November, expect nights in Johannesburg to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Nelson Mandela Square
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): do a tasting at High Constantia Wine Cellar, then get great views at Cape of Good Hope, and then stroll through Boulders Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, then explore and take pictures at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Town road trip planning tool .

Getting from Johannesburg to Cape Town by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for little chillier days in Cape Town, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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