31 days in Africa Itinerary

31 days in Africa Itinerary

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31 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Monterrey, Mexico
Fly:  31​h
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
2
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
4
Luxor, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Cairo, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
6
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Monterrey, Mexico

5
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 get in some beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Camp's Bay Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Robben Island Museum and Castle of Good Hope. Step out of Cape Town to go to Gansbaai and see Shark Diving, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Cape of Good Hope, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, wander the streets of Bo-kaap, and savor the flavors at Groot Constantia.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town journey planner.

Monterrey, Mexico to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Monterrey to Cape Town is 8 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cape Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Shark Diving
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Clifton Beaches ©
Clifton Beaches

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.
Masorini Archaeological Site and Kingfisher Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kruger National Park: Phalaborwa (Qualito Craft Distillery & Amarula Lapa) and Hoedspruit (Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Spas, & more). Spend the 10th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kruger National Park online trip maker .

Getting from Cape Town to Kruger National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hoedspruit, Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Masorini Archaeological Site ©
Masorini Archaeological Site

4
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.
Visit Constitution Hill and Mandela House for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Apartheid Museum and Walter Sisulu Square. Venture out of the city with trips to Pretoria (Voortrekker Monument & Union Buildings). Spend the 14th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct, try your luck at Emperors Palace, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, and look for gifts at Amatuli Artefacts.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg online vacation builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Tours

Side Trips

Sandton, Pretoria, Emperors Palace
Highlights from your plan
Emperors Palace ©
Emperors Palace
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

4
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of Karnak and Medinet Habu. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Luxor side-trips: Dendera Temple Complex (in Dendera) and Temple of Horus at Edfu (in Edfu). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tomb of Queen Nefertari, explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Queens, steep yourself in history at Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina), and get engrossed in the history at Luxor Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Luxor attractions planning website .

You can fly from Johannesburg to Luxor in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in February, Luxor is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Temple of Horus at Edfu, Dendera Temple Complex, Valley of the Queens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings
Dendera Temple Complex ©
Dendera Temple Complex

5
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.
Pyramids of Giza and Coptic Cairo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids and Mosque of Muhammad Ali are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Step Pyramid of Djoser (in Saqqara) and Great Sphinx (in Giza). Spend the 26th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Islamic Cairo, examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, explore the galleries of Oum El Dounia Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Luxor to Cairo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Luxor in February, expect nights in Cairo to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palacio da Bahia and Saadian Tombs. Visit Medina of Marrakesh and Koutoubia Mosque for their historical value. Spend the 29th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef, get to know the fascinating history of Le Domaine Du Retro, see the interesting displays at The Orientalist Museum of Marrakech, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Marrakech tour planner .

You can fly from Cairo to Marrakech in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Marrakech when traveling from Cairo in February, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Saadian Tombs ©
Saadian Tombs

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