57 days in Africa Itinerary

57 days in Africa Itinerary

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Start: Hammamet, Tunisia
Drive:  45 min
1
Tunis, Tunisia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Fes, Morocco
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Marrakech, Morocco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Essaouira, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  3 h
5
Casablanca, Morocco
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Algiers, Algeria
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  13 h 30 min
7
Mopti, Mali
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Djenne, Mali
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22 h 45 min
9
Cape Town, South Africa
— 9 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
10
Hurghada, Egypt
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
11
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  1 h 45 min
12
Cairo, Egypt
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  8 h 45 min
13
Sousse, Tunisia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
End: Hammamet, Tunisia

5
nights
Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis ©
The Mediterranean port city of Tunis, Tunisia's bustling capital, boasts a vibrant mix of cultures and architectural styles, enchanting visitors with its historical attractions, picturesque beaches, and laidback vibe.
Popular historic sites such as Dougga and L'aqueduc de Zaghouan are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate The National Bardo Museum and Museum Dar el-Annabi. Change things up with these side-trips from Tunis: Bizerte (Ichkeul National Park & Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Church), Uthina (Oudhna) (in Ben Arous) and Ain Tounga (in Tastur). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Dar Bach Hamba, get engrossed in the history at National military museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zitouna Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tunis route planner.

Hammamet to Tunis is an approximately 1- hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fes.

Things to do in Tunis

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Carthage, Bizerte, Beja Governorate, Sidi Bou Said, Uthina (Oudhna)
Highlights from your plan
Dougga ©
Dougga
The National Bardo Museum ©
The National Bardo Museum
Ichkeul National Park
Ichkeul National Park

4
nights
Fes, Morocco

Fes ©
Morocco's former capital, Fes enchants visitors with its walled medina, a labyrinthine web of pedestrian-only streets and a World Heritage Site.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Coin Berbere and Centre de Formation Dans le Metiers de l'Artisinat. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bou Inania Medersa and Haroune Aqueduct. Get out of town with these interesting Fes side-trips: Meknes (Meknes Medina & Dar Jamai Museum). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nejjarine, pause for some serene contemplation at Synagogue Ibn Danan, have fun and explore at Medina Children's Library, and explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site of Volubilis.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fes trip planner.

Getting from Tunis to Fes by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Tunis to Fes, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tunis in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fes, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Fes

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Meknes, Archaeological Site of Volubilis, Haroune Aqueduct
Highlights from your plan
Coin Berbere ©
Coin Berbere
Bou Inania Medersa ©
Bou Inania Medersa
Museo Nejjarine ©
Museo Nejjarine

6
nights
Marrakech, Morocco

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Morocco Hiking. Koutoubia Mosque and Palacio da Bahia will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Jemaa el-Fna, hike along Berber Ecomuseum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, and get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marrakech itinerary planner.

Getting from Fes to Marrakech by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Fes in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Marrakech. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

3
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Galerie l'Arbre bleu and GALERIE D'ART DAMGAARD. Medina of Essaouira and Galerie la Kasbah are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Synagogue Slat Lkahal, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaim Pinto Synagogue.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Essaouira online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Marrakech in April, you will find days in Essaouira are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Casablanca.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Walking tours

1
night
Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca ©
The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Dar Al Ala, explore the world behind art at Villa des Arts de Casablanca, then see the interesting displays at Musee Abderrahman Slaoui, then stop by La galerie de l'aimance, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Casablanca road trip planning tool.

Getting from Essaouira to Casablanca by combination of flight and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Casablanca

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Musee Abderrahman Slaoui ©
Musee Abderrahman Slaoui
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Dar Al Ala ©
Dar Al Ala

4
nights
Algiers, Algeria

Algiers ©
Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Musee National du Bardo and Tassili N'Ajjer National Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers and Musee Public National de Cherchell will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Algiers: Ruines Romaines Tipaza (in Tipasa), Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania (in Sidi Rached) and Mausolee de Sidi Elkebir (in Blida). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ketchaoua Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Villa Abd-el-Tif, and examine the collection at Musee Public National de l'Enluminure, de la Miniature et de la Calligraphie.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Algiers trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Casablanca to Algiers takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Casablanca to Algiers due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Casablanca in May since evenings lows in Algiers dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mopti.

Things to do in Algiers

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ruines Romaines Tipaza, Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania, Musee Public National de Cherchell, Mausolee de Sidi Elkebir, Tassili N'Ajjer National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tassili N'Ajjer National Park ©
Tassili N'Ajjer National Park
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique ©
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique
Musee National du Bardo ©
Musee National du Bardo

1
day
Mopti, Mali

Mopti ©
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
On the 6th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mopti online travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Algiers to Mopti in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Algiers to Mopti due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Algiers in May, things will get much warmer in Mopti: highs are around 48°C and lows about 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Djenne.

Things to do in Mopti

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) ©
Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country)

1
night
Djenne, Mali

Djenne ©
Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. On the 7th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque Of Djenne.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Djenne road trip planning app.

You can drive from Mopti to Djenne in 2.5 hours. In May in Djenne, expect temperatures between 47°C during the day and 32°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Cape Town.

Things to do in Djenne

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Great Mosque Of Djenne ©
Great Mosque Of Djenne

9
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 some cultural insight at Maclear's Beacon and Klein Constantia. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Clifton Beaches. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape Town: Stellenbosch (Dyman Gallery & The Stellenbosch Village Museum) and Franschhoek (First South African Perfume Museum & Franschhoek Motor Museum). There's much more to do: trek along Platteklip Gorge, head off the coast to Robben Island Museum, hunt for treasures at Greenmarket Square, and visit Abseil Africa.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cape Town travel planner.

Getting from Djenne to Cape Town by combination of car and flight takes about 25 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Djenne to Cape Town is 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Djenne in May; daily highs in Cape Town reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Hurghada.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek
Highlights from your plan
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Platteklip Gorge ©
Platteklip Gorge

3
nights
Hurghada, Egypt

Originally a small fishing town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada developed into Egypt's premier beach destination thanks to its year-round sunny weather and world-class dive sites.
Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Spend the 18th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Omo Gamaar and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hurghada day trip planning app.

Fly from Cape Town to Hurghada in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in May; daily highs in Hurghada reach 41°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Swim with Dolphins
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
St. Catherine's Monastery and The Heavenly Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Na'ama Bay and St Catherine Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sharm El Sheikh: Mount Sinai (in Saint Catherine) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Dahab). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the vivid underwater world at Ras Mohommed National Park, browse the different shops at SOHO Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Coptic Orthodox Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sharm El Sheikh online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Saint Catherine, Ras Mohommed National Park, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
St. Catherine's Monastery ©
St. Catherine's Monastery
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Islamic Cairo and The Coptic Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pyramids of Giza and Coptic Cairo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairo: Great Sphinx (in Giza) and Step Pyramid of Djoser (in Saqqara). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, steep yourself in history at Mosque of Muhammad Ali, delve into the distant past at Bent Pyramid, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary).

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cairo online trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May, Cairo is little chillier at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sousse.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Giza, Memphis Historical Site, Step Pyramid of Djoser
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

3
nights
Sousse, Tunisia

Sousse ©
Known for its historic medina quarter, a World Heritage Site, the city of Sousse boasts a rich history that dates back to the 11th century BCE.
Get some cultural insight at D'Enfidha and Bourghiba Mausoleum. Medina of Sousse and Grosse Moschee von Sousse will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sousse: Archaeological Museum of El-Djem (in El-Jem), Gallery Espressioni (in Monastir) and Musee Archeologique de Moknine (in Moknine). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Sousse Archaeological Museum, get your game on at Magiceye 3D Experince, stop by Seville Center, and take in the exciting artwork at Dar Am Taieb.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sousse travel route builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Cairo to Sousse in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Sousse is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in June, expect nights in Sousse to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Sousse

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monastir, Archaeological Museum of El-Djem, D'Enfidha, Lamta Archaeological Museum, Musee Archeologique de Moknine
Highlights from your plan
Sousse Archaeological Museum ©
Sousse Archaeological Museum
Bourghiba Mausoleum ©
Bourghiba Mausoleum
D'Enfidha ©
D'Enfidha

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