31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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31 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis, United States
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Hurghada, Egypt
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
4
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h
5
Andasibe, Madagascar
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
6
Isalo, Madagascar
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Morondava, Madagascar
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
8
Durban, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
9
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  18​h 30​min
11
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Indianapolis, United States

3
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parasailing & Paragliding and Horseback Riding Tours. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Speed Boats Tours. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Mahmya Island, take in the waterfront activity at Abu Tig Marina, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and browse the different shops at Senzo Mall.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hurghada trip app .

Indianapolis, USA to Hurghada is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Indianapolis in May; daily highs in Hurghada reach 95°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Coptic Orthodox Church and The Heavenly Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Hole and Coral Reefs. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, explore the galleries of St Catherine Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Shark's Bay Beach, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sharm El Sheikh attractions planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in May, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dahab
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mosque of Muhammad Ali and Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Get some cultural insight at Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. When in Cairo, make a side trip to see Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), browse the different shops at Khan Al-Khalili, see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cairo trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May since evenings lows in Cairo dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Mosque of Muhammad Ali ©
Mosque of Muhammad Ali

1
night
Nosy Be, Madagascar

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Nosy Sakatia. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lokobe Nature Special Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nosy Be trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Nosy Be takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Nosy Be can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Andasibe.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nosy Sakatia ©
Nosy Sakatia

1
night
Andasibe, Madagascar

Andasibe ©
When you take a trip to Andasibe, you'll discover a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet).

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Andasibe day trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nosy Be to Andasibe in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Isalo.

Things to do in Andasibe

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan

1
day
Isalo, Madagascar

Isalo
Isalo is a town and commune in Madagascar. For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Isalo online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Andasibe to Isalo in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Morondava on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Isalo

Parks Nature

1
night
Morondava, Madagascar

Morondava ©
Known for its iconic road lined with ancient Baobab trees, the sleepy coastal village of Morondava serves as a popular base for travelers looking to explore the national parks and nature reserves of Madagascar.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): head off the coast to Madagascar, then steep yourself in history at Ankevo Hamlets, and then stroll through Avenue of the Baobabs.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Morondava road trip planning app .

Drive from Isalo to Morondava in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Morondava

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Avenue of the Baobabs ©
Avenue of the Baobabs

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Makiwa Gallery and then browse the different shops at La Lucia Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then buy something for everyone on your list at Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Durban driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Morondava to Durban with the Route module. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Durban

Shopping Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Umhlanga Rocks, La Lucia Mall
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
La Lucia Mall ©
La Lucia Mall
Gateway Theatre of Shopping ©
Gateway Theatre of Shopping

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Franschhoek Motor Museum and Camp's Bay Beach. You'll explore and learn at District Six Museum and First South African Perfume Museum. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape Point, trek along Platteklip Gorge, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cape Town trip app .

You can fly from Durban to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Durban in May, with highs in Cape Town at 70°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Franschhoek
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum

3
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.
Union Buildings and Mandela House will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Apartheid Museum and Kim Sacks Gallery. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, learn about all things military at South African National Museum of Military History, and get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Johannesburg fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Cape Town to Johannesburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Union Buildings
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Union Buildings ©
Union Buildings

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech and Cyber Parc Arsat Moulay Abdeslam. Popular historic sites such as Palacio da Bahia and Medina of Marrakesh are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Jemaa el-Fnaa, see the interesting displays at Boucharouite Museum, admire the striking features of Koutoubia Mosque, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Marrakech sightseeing tool .

Fly from Johannesburg to Marrakech in 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Western European Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in May: high temperatures in Marrakech hover around 86°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) 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
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech ©
Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

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