55 days in Africa Itinerary

55 days in Africa Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Essaouira, Morocco
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  20 h 30 min
3
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
5
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h 30 min
6
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17 h
7
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Reunion Island
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Drive + Ferry:  8 h 30 min
8
La Digue Island, Seychelles
— 1 night
Ferry:  30 min
9
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h
10
Luxor, Egypt
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
11
Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
12
Hurghada, Egypt
— 4 nights
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 45 min
13
Dahab, Egypt
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
14
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  2 h
15
Giza, Egypt
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: San Francisco, United States

4
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.
Do your shopping at Jemaa el-Fna and Herboriste Nidari. Get some historical perspective at Koutoubia Mosque and Palacio da Bahia. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Saadian Tombs, see the interesting displays at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Marrakech online itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of subway and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then stop by Cooperative Feminine de Tamounte, and finally wander the streets of Medina of Essaouira. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Essaouira Ramparts, step into the grandiose world of Dar Sultan Palace, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Port de Pêche d'Essaouira.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Essaouira trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Marrakech to Essaouira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. While traveling from Marrakech, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Essaouira, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Essaouira

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:
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Medina of Essaouira ©
Medina of Essaouira
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Zipline. Do your shopping at Cultural Vibes Music Shop and Prime Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Siduli Hide, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park.

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Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Essaouira to Victoria Falls in 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Essaouira to Victoria Falls due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Essaouira in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Victoria Falls: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:
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Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park ©
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park
Zipline
Safaris

5
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Do your shopping at Greenmarket Square and Romantiques. Step out of the city life by going to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Shark Diving. Change things up with a short trip to First South African Perfume Museum in Franschhoek (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: get great views at Cape Point, take in the waterfront at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, trek along Platteklip Gorge, and stop by Abseil Africa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Cape Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Victoria Falls in April, with highs in Cape Town at 76°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Plettenberg Bay.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shark Diving, First South African Perfume Museum, Romantiques
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

3
nights
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay ©
As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Visiting Robberg Nature Reserve and Birds of Eden will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plettenberg Bay: Bitou Art Gallery (in Storms River), Knysna (Garden Route National Park, Knysna Heads, &more) and Tsitsikamma National Park (Otter Trail & Waterfall Trail). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Knysna Elephant Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Plettenberg Bay are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Robberg Nature Reserve ©
Robberg Nature Reserve
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre ©
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Birds of Eden ©
Birds of Eden

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.
Get in touch with nature at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park and Bushmans Trail. When in Kruger National Park, make a side trip to see Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa, approximately Phalaborwa away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kruger National Park, delve into the distant past at Masorini Archaeological Site, hike along Lonely Bull Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Olifants Wilderness Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Plettenberg Bay to Kruger National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Plettenberg Bay in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Qualito Craft Distillery, Kruger National Park
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve

3
nights
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Reunion Island

Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Piton de Fournaise and Aquasens. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains: Route des Laves (in Saint-Philippe), Sainte-Rose (Pas de Bellecombe & Anse des Cascades) and Fly 974 Tandem (in Saint-Paul).

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kruger National Park to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains. The time zone difference when traveling from Kruger National Park to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains is 2 hours. In May, Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains is somewhat warmer than Kruger National Park - with highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to La Digue Island.

Things to do in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Joseph, Saint-Philippe, Sainte-Rose, Piton de Fournaise, Plage de Grande Anse
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Piton de Fournaise ©
Piton de Fournaise

1
night
La Digue Island, Seychelles

La Digue Island ©
La Digue Island remains a relatively unknown vacation destination, offering very few tourist facilities and an exotic though largely undeveloped coastline.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Grosse Roche Beach and then kick back and relax at Anse Coco Beach. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Anse Source D'Argent, kick back and relax at Spiagge di Anse Marron, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Anse.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our La Digue Island trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains to La Digue Island in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in La Digue Island, with lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Praslin Island.

Things to do in La Digue Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Petite Anse
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
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Anse Coco Beach ©
Anse Coco Beach
Grand Anse ©
Grand Anse
Anse Source D'Argent ©
Anse Source D'Argent

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.
On the 7th (Thu), kick back and relax at Anse Volbert and then admire the verdant scenery at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Curieuse Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anse Georgette.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Praslin Island tour itinerary planner.

Praslin Island is very close to La Digue Island. May in Praslin Island sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Anse Georgette ©
Anse Georgette
Curieuse Island ©
Curieuse Island
Anse Volbert ©
Anse Volbert

3
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of Karnak and Medinet Habu. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valley of the Kings and Tomb of Ay. Change things up with a short trip to Dendera Temple Complex in Dendera (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple, explore the ancient world of Valley of the Queens, don't miss a visit to Tomb of Queen Nefertari, and get answers to all your questions at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Luxor vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Praslin Island to Luxor takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Praslin Island to Luxor is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Praslin Island in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Luxor, with highs around 102°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marsa Alam.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Dendera Temple Complex
Find places to stay May 8 — 12:
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Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

2
nights
Marsa Alam, Egypt

The opening of an international airport and subsequent development of hotels and resorts boosted tourism in Marsa Alam, a town on Egypt's Red Sea coast known for its world-class diving spots.
On the 13th (Wed), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sharm El Luli. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Abu Dabbab Beach, stroll through Marsa Mubarak, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Elphinstone Reef.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Marsa Alam trip app.

Traveling by car from Luxor to Marsa Alam takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Luxor, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Marsa Alam, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Hurghada.

Things to do in Marsa Alam

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Sharm El Luli ©
Sharm El Luli
Marsa Mubarak ©
Marsa Mubarak

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Giftun Islands. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Mahmya Island. Step out of Hurghada to go to Safaga and see 3 Turtles, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Omo Gamaar, go for a stroll along the water at Hurghada Marina, see Off-Road Tours, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hurghada online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Marsa Alam to Hurghada in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In May in Hurghada, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Dahab.

Things to do in Hurghada

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

3 Turtles
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Giftun Islands ©
Giftun Islands

3
nights
Dahab, Egypt

Formerly a remote Bedouin village, Dahab now enjoys the status of a resort town and scuba diving heaven.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Hole. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coral Reefs and Safaris. Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Ras Mohommed National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dahab journey planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Hurghada to Dahab in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Dahab

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ras Mohommed National Park
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Blue Hole ©
Blue Hole
Ras Mohommed National Park ©
Ras Mohommed National Park

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to SOHO Square or Secret Of Egypt. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Coptic Orthodox Church. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, kick back and relax at Shark's Bay Beach, and get outside with SOHO Tennis & Squash center.

To see maps and tourist information, read Sharm El Sheikh trip planner.

Getting from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Sharm El Sheikh can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Giza.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
Giza, Egypt

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mastaba of Ti and Pyramid of Unas. Change things up with these side-trips from Giza: Saqqara (Step Pyramid of Djoser, Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep's Mastaba, &more) and The Monastery of St. Macarius (in Alexandria). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, steep yourself in history at Pyramids of Dahshour, stop by Golden Bird Bazaar, and take in the exciting artwork at Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Giza day trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sharm El Sheikh to Giza in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Giza when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Saqqara, Memphis Historical Site, The Monastery of St. Macarius
Find places to stay May 24 — 30:
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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