43 days in Africa Itinerary

43 days in Africa Itinerary

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Kampala, Uganda
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Kigali, Rwanda
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Marrakech, Morocco
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Fes, Morocco
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Cairo, Egypt
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Nairobi, Kenya

— 4 nights

Green City in the Sun

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.
Attractions like Nairobi National Park and Giraffe Centre make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 20th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House, examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nairobi trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Nairobi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Nairobi is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Manila in April, things will get little chillier in Nairobi: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Arusha, Tanzania

— 2 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arusha online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Nairobi to Arusha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April in Arusha, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Kampala, Uganda

— 2 nights
Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kampala road trip planning tool.

Fly from Arusha to Kampala in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Kigali.

Things to do in Kampala

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Kigali, Rwanda

— 2 nights
A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Famille Church, examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, then take in the exciting artwork at Niyo Arts Gallery, and finally have fun at Azizi Life Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyamata Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kigali itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Kampala to Kigali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kampala to Kigali due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kampala in April since evenings lows in Kigali dip to 19°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 5 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Spend the 29th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Victoria Falls Snake Park, take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Victoria Falls trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Kigali to Victoria Falls in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In April in Victoria Falls, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Johannesburg, South Africa

— 2 nights

City of Light

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 3rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and then browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Johannesburg trip maker app.

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Victoria Falls in May; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Cape Town, South Africa

— 8 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Attractions like Cape Point and Clifton Beaches make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope, meet the residents at Two Oceans Aquarium, and see majestic marine mammals with Cape Capers Tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town trip app.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Marrakech, Morocco

— 4 nights

Red City

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.
Attractions like Jardin Majorelle and Jemaa el-Fna make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 14th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, and examine the collection at Marrakech Museum.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marrakech trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Cape Town to Marrakech in 22 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in May; daily highs in Marrakech reach 35°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Fes, Morocco

— 4 nights

Mecca of the West

Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Spend the 17th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Bou Inania Medersa, learn and have fun at Medina Children's Library, admire the masterpieces at Coin Berbere, and examine the collection at Museo Nejjarine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fes day trip planner.

Getting from Marrakech to Fes by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Marrakech in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Fes, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Fes

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Cairo, Egypt

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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.
Family-friendly places like Islamic Cairo and Great Sphinx will thrill your kids. Step out of Cairo to go to Saqqara and see Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay, explore the activities along Nile River, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairo journey tool.

You can fly from Fes to Cairo in 12 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Fes in May, expect Cairo to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Cairo

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

— 4 nights

City of Peace

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.
Bring the kids along to Safaris and SOHO Tennis & Squash center. When in Sharm El Sheikh, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in Dahab, approximately Dahab away. It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral and head outdoors with The Kite Bubble.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh holiday builder app.

Fly from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cairo in May, Sharm El Sheikh is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kenya travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · National Parks · Safaris
The savannahs of Kenya contain some of the most iconic sights in Africa, stirred in the minds of many when they think of the continent. Big cats, elephants, and rhinos remain major inhabitants of this vast country, with a number of safari centers running trips across the region's World Heritage-listed national parks. Trips to rural villages, where many travelers choose to join up various volunteer projects, represent some of the most inspiring and enriching things to do in Kenya.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Geologic Formations · Beaches · Safaris
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Uganda travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.

Rwanda travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · National Parks · Art Galleries
Land of a Thousand Hills
Tourism in Rwanda experienced a serious boost in the recent years largely thanks to the country's large population of mountain gorillas. One of only two nations in which the enigmatic, critically endangered gorillas can be tracked, Rwanda appeals to adventurous travelers interested in hiking the hills and equatorial jungles inhabited by the endemic species. The people of Rwanda remain positive about their future, and the political stability that has taken hold since the horrors of the 1994 genocide allows a growing number of international tourists to share in the optimism.

Zimbabwe travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Zipline · Bridges
Tourism in Zimbabwe experienced a boost after the country's turbulent recent history seemed to settle down. Waterfalls, "Big Five" national parks, and the Eastern Highlands provide contrasting but complementary images of southern Africa, with the growing tourism infrastructure helping visitors see the best of what the country offers. Though corruption and unemployment remain everyday problems, the vast majority of Zimbabweans are a welcoming bunch, proud of the natural riches and culture of their hopeful country.

South Africa travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Morocco travel guide

4.2
Flea Markets · Gardens · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Diverse in landscapes and cultures, Morocco has long been a popular tourist destination, offering many quintessential North African vistas, sounds, and tastes. The ancient medinas of the main cities have retained their look and feel over the centuries, with bustling markets of colorful spice stalls, leather tanning in the streets, and teahouses. The dunes of the Sahara and the peaks of the High Atlas mountains battle for the interest of tourists on holiday in Morocco, with each possessing impressive, picturesque scenery, and hidden-away traditional villages, filled with crafts, carpets, and a rural way of life.

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.