43 days in Africa Itinerary

43 days in Africa Itinerary

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

— 3 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 Secret Of Egypt. Step out of Sharm El Sheikh with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Dahab--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get outside with The Kite Bubble, ponder the design of Soho Square Dancing Fountain, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Heavenly Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sharm El Sheikh travel route planner.

Manila, Philippines to Sharm El Sheikh is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Manila to Sharm El Sheikh. In April, Sharm El Sheikh is a bit cooler than Manila - with highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Islamic Cairo and Great Sphinx. Step out of Cairo with an excursion to Pyramids of Giza in Giza--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, look for gifts at Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo day trip site.

You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cairo when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in April, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fes, Morocco

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Nejjarine and then admire the striking features of Bou Inania Medersa.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fes trip itinerary site.

Getting from Cairo to Fes by flight takes about 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairo to Fes. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in April: high temperatures in Fes hover around 28°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Fes

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Marrakech, Morocco

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Jardin Majorelle and Koutoubia Mosque will thrill your kids. Spend the 29th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Menara Gardens and Pavilion, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Marrakech day trip planning site.

You can fly from Fes to Marrakech in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Fes in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Marrakech. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Cape Town, South Africa

— 6 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Bring the kids along to Cape Point and Clifton Beaches. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, hike along Platteklip Gorge, get to know the fascinating history of Maclear's Beacon, and explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Marrakech to Cape Town by flight takes about 22 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Marrakech to Cape Town. In May, Cape Town is a bit cooler than Marrakech - with highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Victoria Falls Bridge. Spend the 13th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls online travel route planner.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, things will get a bit warmer in Victoria Falls: highs are around 32°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kigali.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Azizi Life Studio, then examine the collection at Campaign Against Genocide Museum, then examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Niyo Arts Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Famille Church, soothe aching muscles at WAKA Fitness, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nyamata Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Ntarama Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kigali trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Kigali takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Victoria Falls in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kigali, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Kigali

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kampala holiday planner.

Fly from Kigali to Kampala in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Africa Time (CAT) to East Africa Time (EAT) is 1 hour. In May in Kampala, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Kampala

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Arusha, Tanzania

— 3 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
Bring the kids along to Kayaking & Canoeing and Off-Road Tours. Spend the 22nd (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: get outside with Kili Dreamers, soothe aching muscles at Ai Care Spa, and stop by Shanga & Shanga Foundation.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Arusha holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kampala to Arusha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Kampala in May, things will get slightly colder in Arusha: highs are around 25°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Arusha

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Spas

Nairobi, Kenya

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Nairobi National Park and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Spend the 27th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House, stroll through Giraffe Centre, examine the collection at Karen Blixen Museum, and look for gifts at Penny Winter Boutique.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nairobi trip planner.

Getting from Arusha to Nairobi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Nairobi are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.