31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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31 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Columbus, United States
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  19​h 45​min
2
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h
3
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
4
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
7
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Columbus, United States

4
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 shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Marrakech road trip planning tool .

Columbus, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also 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. Traveling from Columbus in June, you will find days in Marrakech are a bit warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Saint-Leu.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

4
nights
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

Saint-Leu ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Leu: Saint-Denis (Pas de Bellecombe, Petit Marche, & more), Piton de Fournaise (in Saint-Benoit) and La Roche Merveilleuse (in Cilaos).

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Leu trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Marrakech to Saint-Leu takes 20 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Marrakech to Saint-Leu, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Marrakech in June, plan for little chillier days in Saint-Leu, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Denis, Piton de Fournaise, Cascade de Grand Galet, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Maido
Highlights from your plan
Piton de Fournaise ©
Piton de Fournaise
Cascade de Grand Galet ©
Cascade de Grand Galet
Maido ©
Maido

3
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.
Johannesburg is known for museums, wildlife, theme parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, ponder the world of politics at Constitution Hill, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and try your luck at Montecasino.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saint-Leu to Johannesburg takes 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint-Leu to Johannesburg is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Saint-Leu in July, expect nights in Johannesburg to be much colder, around 40°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Theme Parks

Side Trip

Montecasino
Highlights from your plan
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

4
nights
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Kruger National Park ©
One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. Spend the 9th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bushmans Trail, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in July, with highs in Kruger National Park at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Cape Point, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape Town itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kruger National Park in July, you will find days in Cape Town are little chillier (64°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

3
nights
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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop, take in the exciting artwork at Prime Art Gallery, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Victoria Falls trip builder app .

Fly from Cape Town to Victoria Falls in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Cape Town in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Victoria Falls: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Victoria Falls Snake Park ©
Victoria Falls Snake Park

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.
Take a break from Luxor with a short trip to Dendera Temple Complex in Dendera, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Queen Nefertari, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Medinet Habu.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Luxor trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Victoria Falls to Luxor in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Victoria Falls in July, with highs in Luxor at 106°F and lows at 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dendera Temple Complex
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

4
nights
Cairo, Egypt

Cairo ©
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.
Explore Cairo's surroundings by going to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, contemplate the long history of Mosque of Muhammad Ali, browse the eclectic array of goods at Khan Al-Khalili, and see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Cairo online trip builder .

You can fly from Luxor to Cairo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luxor in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cairo: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

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