30 days in Africa Itinerary

30 days in Africa Itinerary

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30 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Drive:  15​min
1
Giza, Egypt
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h
2
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
3
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
5
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
9
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 30​min
10
Nairobi, Kenya
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 45​min
11
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

1
day
Giza, Egypt

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Great Sphinx, then delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza, and then examine the collection at Solar Boat Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Giza journey planner.

Cairo to Giza is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Giza can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites Museums
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Musee de la Barque Solaire ©
Musee de la Barque Solaire

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, then stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Luxor Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Tomb of Sennedjem. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Tomb of Queen Nefertari, explore the ancient world of Medinet Habu, then explore and take pictures at ACE- Animal Care in Egypt, and finally explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Luxor day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Giza to Luxor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Giza in September, you will find days in Luxor are somewhat warmer (46°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Praslin Island.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
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ACE- Animal Care in Egypt ©
ACE- Animal Care in Egypt
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

1
night
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Galerie Passerose and then step off the mainland to explore Curieuse Island. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Lazio, trek along Le Glacis Noir, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Praslin Island travel itinerary planner.

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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Luxor in September: highs in Praslin Island hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Curieuse Island ©
Curieuse Island
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve ©
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve
Anse Lazio ©
Anse Lazio

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Mandela House, see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, and then make a trip to Constitution Hill. On your second day here, try to win big at Gold Reef City and then browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Praslin Island to Johannesburg takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Seychelles Time (SCT) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Praslin Island in September, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Johannesburg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Fun & Games Theme Parks Casinos

Side Trip

Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill

4
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.
Spend the 8th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolhuter Wilderness Trail, and get outside with Wild Frontier Adventures.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

3
nights
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
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 Hazyview (Elephant Whispers & Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Sudwala Caves, try your luck at Emnotweni Casino, stop by Africa Joy, and admire the natural beauty at Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nelspruit trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kruger National Park to Nelspruit takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Nelspruit, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hazyview, Africa Joy
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Elephant Whispers ©
Elephant Whispers
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

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, parks, beaches, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, stroll through Cape of Good Hope, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and examine the collection at District Six Museum.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Cape Town is slightly colder than Nelspruit - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©

3
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 21st (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Victoria Falls trip itinerary builder .

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. While traveling from Cape Town, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Victoria Falls, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Victoria Falls Snake Park ©
Victoria Falls Snake Park

1
day
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area ©
You can discover Tanzania's varied plant and animal life on a tour of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site known for its massive volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Victoria Falls to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central African Time to Eastern African Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nairobi National Park. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum, stroll through Giraffe Centre, then look for gifts at Penny Winter Boutique, and finally stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Nairobi travel planner.

Getting from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Nairobi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Karen Blixen Museum ©
Karen Blixen Museum

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 (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, admire the striking features of Ben Youssef Madrasa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Medina of Marrakesh.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Marrakech route maker tool .

You can fly from Nairobi to Marrakech in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Nairobi to Marrakech. In September, Marrakech is somewhat warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 38°C and lows of 21°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

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