47 days in Africa Itinerary

47 days in Africa Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly + Train:  16 h 15 min
1
Casablanca, Morocco
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Rabat, Morocco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
4
Dakar, Senegal
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h
5
Windhoek, Namibia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
7
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h 30 min
8
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
9
Mombasa, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
10
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h
11
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  13 h
12
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles, United States

3
nights
Casablanca, Morocco

The port of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city and economic hub, represents the country's beating heart, established as a French protectorate in 1912.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of Moroccan Judaism and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hassan II Mosque, cruise along The Corniche, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Casablanca trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Casablanca is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and taxi. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Casablanca due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Casablanca: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 57°F at night. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Rabat.

Things to do in Casablanca

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hassan II Mosque ©
Hassan II Mosque
Museum of Moroccan Judaism ©
Museum of Moroccan Judaism

3
nights
Rabat, Morocco

Rabat ©
On a vacation in Rabat, a World Heritage Site and Morocco's capital, you can discover the city's long and rich history while enjoying a laidback atmosphere, less touristy than in the booming Casablanca and Marrakech.
On the 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Bab Mellah and then view the masterpieces at Au Grain de Sesame. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chellah, contemplate the long history of Kasbah des Oudaias, then browse the fresh offerings at Ronde des saveurs, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Russian Orthodox Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rabat driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Casablanca to Rabat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Rabat

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Sale
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Kasbah des Oudaias ©
Kasbah des Oudaias
Chellah ©
Chellah
Mausoleum of Mohammad V
Mausoleum of Mohammad V

5
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.
Step out of Marrakech to go to Ourika and see Le Paradis du Safran, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Koutoubia Mosque, and steep yourself in history at El Badi Palace.

Plan a Marrakech trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Rabat to Marrakech by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. April in Marrakech sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dakar.

Things to do in Marrakech

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Le Paradis du Safran
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Koutoubia Mosque ©
Koutoubia Mosque

2
nights
Dakar, Senegal

Dakar ©
Situated on the western edge of mainland Africa, the crowded and dynamic city of Dakar offers visitors booming shopping, dining, and entertainment scenes.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Presidential Palace, then make a trip to Lago Rosa, then steep yourself in history at Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee, and finally see the interesting displays at La Maison des Esclaves. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Village des Arts, admire the striking features of Dakar Railway Station, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at La Galerie Antenna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of the Divinity, and finally appreciate the history behind Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Dakar online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Marrakech to Dakar takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Marrakech in May, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Dakar: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Dakar

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee
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La Maison des Esclaves ©
La Maison des Esclaves
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee ©
Paroisse Saint Charles Borromee
La Galerie Antenna ©
La Galerie Antenna

5
nights
Windhoek, Namibia

Located in the heart of the country, Namibia's capital city Windhoek receives a constant influx of tourists, in part because of its international airport.
Step out of Windhoek with an excursion to Gross Barmen Hot Springs in Gross Barmen--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at NamibRand Nature Reserve, look for gifts at Wecke & Voigts, hunt for treasures at Namibia Craft Centre, and sample the fine beverages at Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Windhoek holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Dakar to Windhoek takes 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Dakar to Windhoek is 1 hour. Traveling from Dakar in May, Windhoek is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Windhoek

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Gross Barmen Hot Springs, Naute Kristall Cellar and Destillery
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
NamibRand Nature Reserve ©
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis ©
Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): do a tasting at High Constantia Wine Cellar, get great views at Cape Point, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and then take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Windhoek to Cape Town in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Windhoek in May, expect nights in Cape Town to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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 13th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Sweni Wilderness Trail, steep yourself in history at Masorini Archaeological Site, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, and stroll through Lonely Bull Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kruger National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Kruger National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail
Lonely Bull Trail ©
Lonely Bull Trail

3
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): snap pictures at Victoria Falls Bridge, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then explore the galleries of Prime Art Gallery, then get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and finally stop by Cultural Vibes Music Shop.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls day trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kruger National Park to Victoria Falls. In May, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 18th (Tue), you're off to Mombasa.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Parks Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park ©
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park
Helicopter Tours
Cultural Vibes Music Shop ©
Cultural Vibes Music Shop

2
nights
Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Imani Collective and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mombasa tour builder tool.

Do a combination of car and flight from Victoria Falls to Mombasa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Victoria Falls to Mombasa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Victoria Falls in May, Mombasa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Mombasa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Haller Park ©
Haller Park

5
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zanzibar City: Nungwi (Scuba & Snorkeling & Nungwi Beach). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cheetah's Rock, head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, admire the striking features of House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Zanzibar City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Mombasa to Zanzibar City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Zanzibar City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nungwi, Cheetah's Rock
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Scuba & Snorkeling
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) ©
House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib)

5
nights
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.
Spend the 25th (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Ngorongoro Crater. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Olduvai Gorge and make a trip to The Engare Sero Footprint Site.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area driving holiday app.

Getting from Zanzibar City to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater
Olduvai Gorge ©
Olduvai Gorge
The Engare Sero Footprint Site ©
The Engare Sero Footprint Site

4
nights
Cairo, Egypt

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairo: Giza (Great Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza). There's lots more to do: stroll around Al-Azhar Park, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Sondos Papyrus, and delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cairo day trip app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Cairo in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Cairo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Cairo sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Al-Azhar Park ©
Al-Azhar Park
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

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