34 days in Africa Itinerary

34 days in Africa Itinerary

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34 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hoedspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Ballito, South Africa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 30​min
7
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
9
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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, find something for the whole family at Gold Reef City, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, and wander the streets of Maboneng Precinct.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Johannesburg trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are OR Tambo International Airport and Pilanesberg International Airport. June in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Hoedspruit.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Hoedspruit, South Africa

Hoedspruit ©
Hoedspruit offers proximity to Kruger National Park and features an airport, making it a popular jump-off point for a variety of tours and safaris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hoedspruit: Phalaborwa (Amarula Lapa & Qualito Craft Distillery) and Kruger National Park (Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park, Masorini Archaeological Site, & more). It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hoedspruit itinerary planner.

Fly from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, expect Hoedspruit to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Hoedspruit

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa
Highlights from your plan
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

4
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Explore Nelspruit's surroundings by going to Kruger National Park (Safaris, Napi Wilderness Trail, & more). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sudwala Caves, look for gifts at Joubert en Seuns Padstal, stroll through Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nelspruit holiday website .

Getting from Hoedspruit to Nelspruit by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Ballito.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

1
night
Ballito, South Africa

Ballito ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Holla Trails and then see some colorful creatures with Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ballito trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Nelspruit to Ballito takes 7.5 hours. In July in Ballito, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Ballito

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris ©
Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris
Holla Trails ©
Holla Trails

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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Cape of Good Hope, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Ballito to Cape Town with the Route module. In July, Cape Town is a bit cooler than Ballito - with highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough 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 ©

4
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.
Spend the 16th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. On the 17th (Wed), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, look for gifts at Cultural Vibes Music Shop, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Victoria Falls trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Cape Town to Victoria Falls in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Victoria Falls, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough 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.
Luxor is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak, appreciate the history behind Colossi of Memnon, don't miss a visit to Tomb of Queen Nefertari, and stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Luxor trip maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Victoria Falls to Luxor in 14.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Victoria Falls in July, expect Luxor to be much hotter, temps between 48°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
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

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). Spend the 25th (Thu) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, examine the collection at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, walk around Al-Azhar Park, and wander the streets of Islamic Cairo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cairo road trip planning website .

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 41°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
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.
On the 29th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa, contemplate the long history of Medina of Marrakesh, and admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bahia.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Marrakech trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Cairo to Marrakech by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cairo in July, Marrakech is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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

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