28 days in Africa Itinerary

28 days in Africa Itinerary

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28 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hurghada, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h 45​min
5
Watamu, Kenya
— 2 nights
+4
taxi + Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Diani Beach, Kenya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mombasa, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Durban, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Knysna, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
11
Antananarivo, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  31​h
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

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 20th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Secret, and then see the interesting displays at Boucharouite Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Andre Heller's ANIMA Garden and then appreciate the views at Berber Ecomuseum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Marrakech trip planner .

New York City, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Time (WET) is 5 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Berber Ecomuseum ©
Berber Ecomuseum
Le Jardin Secret ©
Le Jardin Secret

2
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh ©
An enviable location on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula and year-round warm weather boost tourism in Sharm El Sheikh and make it one of Egypt's premier travel destinations.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): head outdoors with Only One Apnea Center, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Subacquei Clandestini CCF Sharm and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mangrove Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sharm El Sheikh, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Marrakech to Sharm El Sheikh in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Marrakech to Sharm El Sheikh. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Marrakech in March; daily highs in Sharm El Sheikh reach 82°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Only One Apnea Center ©
Only One Apnea Center
The Heavenly Cathedral ©
The Heavenly Cathedral

2
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada ©
Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the gorgeous colors at Careless Reef and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zeytuna Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Omo Gamaar, see the vivid underwater world at Shaab Abu Ramada/The Aquarium, and then admire the striking features of Mosque El Mina Masjid.

Before you visit Hurghada, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 61°F in Hurghada. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Hurghada

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Careless Reef ©
Careless Reef
Zeytuna Beach ©
Zeytuna Beach
Mosque El Mina Masjid ©
Mosque El Mina Masjid

2
nights
Marsa Alam, Egypt

The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at El Qulan Mangrove Forest and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Gebel El Rosas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Marsa Shoona Bay, and then don't miss a visit to Shaab Marsa Alam.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Marsa Alam online travel planner .

Drive from Hurghada to Marsa Alam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Marsa Alam can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Watamu.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Gebel El Rosas ©
Gebel El Rosas
Marsa Shoona Bay ©
Marsa Shoona Bay

2
nights
Watamu, Kenya

Watamu ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Spiaggia delle Tartarughe. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Local Ocean Conservation: Watamu Turtle Watch and Isola dell'Amore. When in Watamu, make a side trip to see 3 Degrees South in Kilifi, approximately 56 minutes away. There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Watamu attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Marsa Alam to Watamu takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Marsa Alam to Watamu is 1 hour. In March, Watamu is somewhat warmer than Marsa Alam - with highs of 89°F and lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Diani Beach.

Things to do in Watamu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

3 Degrees South, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia delle Tartarughe ©
Spiaggia delle Tartarughe
Local Ocean Conservation ©
Local Ocean Conservation
Isola dell'Amore ©
Isola dell'Amore

2
nights
Diani Beach, Kenya

On a vacation in Diani Beach, a bustling resort town on Kenya's eastern coast, you can take advantage of a pristine sandy shore fringed by a verdant forest.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Sand & Sea Beach Shop, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Diani Beach online journey builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Watamu to Diani Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March in Diani Beach, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Mombasa.

Things to do in Diani Beach

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Gazi Mangrove Boardwalk
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa ©
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), look for gifts at Imani Collective, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kikambala Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nguuni Nature Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mombasa vacation builder .

Getting from Diani Beach to Mombasa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in April, and nighttime lows around 75°F. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kinshasa.

Things to do in Mombasa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kikambala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nguuni Nature Sanctuary ©
Nguuni Nature Sanctuary

2
nights
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa ©
In a city bubbling with life, a Kinshasa vacation offers a non-stop immersion into African culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Paroisse Sainte Anne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise CBFC-Gombe, then contemplate the waterfront views at Congo River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinshasa Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Symphonies Naturelles.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kinshasa trip builder website .

You can fly from Mombasa to Kinshasa in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Mombasa to Kinshasa. In April, daily temperatures in Kinshasa can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Durban.

Things to do in Kinshasa

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Symphonies Naturelles ©
Symphonies Naturelles
Congo River ©
Congo River
Paroisse Sainte Anne ©
Paroisse Sainte Anne

2
nights
Durban, South Africa

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): try your luck at Giba Gorge Horse Trails, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then have some family-friendly fun at Epic Karting Galleria. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at African Bird of Prey Sanctuary and then explore the stunning scenery at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve.

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Traveling by flight from Kinshasa to Durban takes 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kinshasa to Durban is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kinshasa in April; daily highs in Durban reach 81°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Durban

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Epic Karting Galleria, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, African Bird of Prey Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve ©
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary ©
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary

3
nights
Knysna, South Africa

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the galleries of Jandreart Studio, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bollard Bay, and then trek along Drupkelders Hiking Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Plettenberg Beach and then tee off at Simola Golf.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Knysna trip planner .

Fly from Durban to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Durban in April, things will get slightly colder in Knysna: highs are around 72°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Knysna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Plettenberg Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bollard Bay ©
Bollard Bay
Plettenberg Beach ©
Plettenberg Beach
Buffalo Bay ©
Buffalo Bay

2
nights
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Antananarivo ©
Surrounded by verdant rice paddies, Madagascar's capital and the country's commercial and cultural hub, Antananarivo boasts a rich history and heritage, evident in its numerous historic buildings, colonial-era neighborhoods, and archaeological museums.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parc Tsarasaotra and Ambohitantely Special Reserve. There's much more to do: do some two-wheel cruising with Traces, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo, contemplate the long history of Maison de Jean Laborde, and don't miss a visit to Independence Avenue.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Antananarivo itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Knysna to Antananarivo takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Knysna to Antananarivo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Knysna in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Antananarivo, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Ambohitantely Special Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Parc Tsarasaotra ©
Parc Tsarasaotra
Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo ©
Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo

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