45 days in Africa Itinerary

45 days in Africa Itinerary

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45 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Luxor, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
3
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
6
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
7
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
10
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Egyptian Antiquities Museum and The Coptic Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mohamed Ali Mosque, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City (Coptic Cairo), and deepen your understanding at Mosque of Al-Azhar.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cairo online sightseeing planner .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Cairo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from San Jose in December, expect Cairo to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Giza, Thebes
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids

5
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Luxor Museum and Le Scarabe Papyrus Museum. Get some cultural insight at Temple of Karnak and Valley of the Kings. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Luxor: Temple of Hathor at Dendera (in Qena), Temple Khatkhor (in Dendera) and Edfu (Kanais & Temple of Horus at Edfu). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Luxor Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, and stroll the grounds of Tombs of the Nobles.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Luxor itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Luxor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairo in December, expect nights in Luxor to be slightly colder, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Praslin Island.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Edfu, Dendera Temple Complex, Tombs of the Nobles
Highlights from your plan
Dendera Temple Complex ©
Dendera Temple Complex
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

2
nights
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Take a break from the city and head to Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and Curieuse Island. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Anse Lazio and Anse Volbert. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Georgette, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Passerose, explore the galleries of Rita's Art Sudio & Gallery, and trek along Le Glacis Noir.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Praslin Island trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Luxor to Praslin Island in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Seychelles Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Luxor in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Praslin Island, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve ©
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve
Anse Lazio ©
Anse Lazio
Curieuse Island ©
Curieuse Island

2
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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.
Let the collections at Karen Blixen Museum and Nairobi National Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Nairobi National Park and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Spend the 1st (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Utamaduni Craft Centre.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nairobi trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Praslin Island to Nairobi in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Seychelles Time to Eastern African Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Praslin Island in December, with highs in Nairobi at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Safaris
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum

5
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Get outdoors at Olare Orok Conservancy and Mara Triangle. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, stroll through Eluai Plain, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Maasai Mara National Reserve route planner.

You can fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nairobi in January, with highs in Maasai Mara National Reserve at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Mara North Conservancy ©
Mara North Conservancy

2
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.
Let the collections at Apartheid Museum and Liliesleaf Farm & Museum capture your imagination. Constitution Hill and Mandela House will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, see the interesting displays at Wits Art Museum, view the masterpieces at Kim Sacks Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Nelson Mandela Foundation.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Johannesburg travel route website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Johannesburg in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Johannesburg. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Maasai Mara National Reserve in January; daily highs in Johannesburg reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Liliesleaf
Highlights from your plan
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kingfisher Gallery and Masorini Archaeological Site. Visiting Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Idube Game Reserve will get you outdoors. Explore Kruger National Park's surroundings by going to Hoedspruit (Safaris, iNyoka Art Gallery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, stroll through Bushmans Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kruger National Park tour builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Kruger National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hoedspruit
Highlights from your plan
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

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.
Get outdoors at Cape of Good Hope and Robben Island Museum. Popular historic sites such as Groot Constantia and Maclear's Beacon are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: stroll through Boulders Beach, do a tasting at Klein Constantia, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and enjoy the sand and surf at Llandudno Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Cape Town in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Cape Town can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

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.
Get in touch with nature at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Safaris. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Victoria Falls online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Cape Town to Victoria Falls in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. January in Victoria Falls sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 explore and learn at Marrakech Museum and Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden. Get a sense of the local culture at Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Medina of Marrakesh, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, wander the streets of Marrakech Souk, and admire the masterpieces at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Marrakech journey planning website .

Fly from Victoria Falls to Marrakech in 21.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Victoria Falls to Marrakech is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Victoria Falls in January, you will find days in Marrakech are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are cooler (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque
Saadian Tombs ©
Saadian Tombs

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