31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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31 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Kingston, Canada
train + Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
3
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
5
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
7
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
9
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Kingston, Canada

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Get out of town with these interesting Cairo side-trips: Great Sphinx (in Giza) and Step Pyramid of Djoser (in Saqqara). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, wander the streets of Islamic Cairo, and steep yourself in history at Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Cairo trip itinerary planner.

Kingston, Canada to Cairo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Kingston in December, things will get warmer in Cairo: highs are around 24°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

3
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, pause for some photo ops at Colossi of Memnon, and get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Luxor tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Luxor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairo in December: highs in Luxor hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Valley of the Queens
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

2
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.
Visiting Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Prime Art Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Victoria Falls online 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 a bit warmer weather when traveling from Luxor in December: high temperatures in Victoria Falls hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cape Point and Maclear's Beacon. Robben Island Museum and Bo-kaap are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, examine the collection at District Six Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and trek along Platteklip Gorge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Victoria Falls in December; daily highs in Cape Town reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maclear's Beacon ©
Maclear's Beacon
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point

3
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.
Visiting Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Kruger National Park will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site, and stroll through Idube Game Reserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Kruger National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History and then steep yourself in history at Union Buildings.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip maker site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Union Buildings
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

3
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Get in touch with nature at Olare Orok Conservancy and Mara Triangle. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Ol Kinyei Conservancy and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Maasai Mara National Reserve trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Johannesburg to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle

2
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park, then view the masterpieces at Upepo Photography Gallery, and then stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. On the next day, examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nairobi day trip planner.

Fly from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in December: high temperatures in Nairobi hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Safaris
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palacio da Bahia and Saadian Tombs. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Medersa Ben Youssef, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, explore the world behind art at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech, and steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marrakech trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Nairobi to Marrakech takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Nairobi in December, things will get little chillier in Marrakech: highs are around 24°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

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