19 days in Africa Itinerary

19 days in Africa Itinerary

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1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 2 nights
2
Algiers, Algeria
— 3 nights
3
Sabratah, Libya
— 1 day
4
Tripoli, Libya
— 3 nights
5
Cairo, Egypt
— 4 nights
6
Cape Town, South Africa
— 5 nights

2
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 14th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Menara Gardens and Pavilion, steep yourself in history at Medersa Ben Youssef, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Saadian Tombs, contemplate the long history of Koutoubia Mosque, then hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fna, and finally see the interesting displays at Marrakech Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech holiday planning site.

Atlanta, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Marrakech is 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Atlanta in March: highs in Marrakech hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Medersa Ben Youssef ©
Medersa Ben Youssef

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers, then pause for some photo ops at Memorial du Martyr, and then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Mausolee Sidi Abderrahmane, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique, then see the interesting displays at Musee Public National de l'Enluminure, de la Miniature et de la Calligraphie, then appreciate the extensive heritage of La Rue Didouche Mourad, and finally examine the collection at Musee National du Bardo.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Algiers visit planner.

You can fly from Marrakech to Algiers in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Marrakech in March, plan for slightly colder days in Algiers, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sabratah.

Things to do in Algiers

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma
Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma
Musee National du Bardo ©
Musee National du Bardo
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique ©
Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique

1
day
Sabratah, Libya

Sabratah ©
Sabratha, Sabratah or Siburata, in the Zawiya District of Libya, was the westernmost of the ancient "three cities" of Roman Tripolis. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Roman Sabratha.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sabratah trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Algiers to Sabratah with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Algiers to Sabratah is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in March, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tripoli.

Things to do in Sabratah

Historic Sites
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Roman Sabratha ©
Roman Sabratha

3
nights
Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli ©
The "Mermaid of the Mediterranean," Libyan capital Tripoli exudes a mix of Mediterranean charm and Arabic-Islamic cultural sensibility.
On the 20th (Sun), hunt for treasures at Fish Market, delve into the distant past at Nalut ruins, ponder the world of politics at Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra), don't miss a visit to The Arch of Marcus Aurelius, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurgi Mosque, and finally make a trip to Martyrs' Square. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Street Murals, browse the exhibits of Tripoli's Jamahiriya Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al-Majidya Mosque.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tripoli tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Sabratah to Tripoli in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tripoli when traveling from Sabratah in March, with lows around 55°F. On the 22nd (Tue), you're off to Cairo.

Things to do in Tripoli

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Nalut ruins
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Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra) ©
Tripoli's Red Castle (Assai al-Hamra)
Gurgi Mosque ©
Gurgi Mosque
Nalut ruins ©
Nalut ruins

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, stroll around Al-Azhar Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili, and browse the exhibits of Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cairo trip builder app.

You can fly from Tripoli to Cairo in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Tripoli, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cairo, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Giza
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, kick back and relax at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, examine the collection at District Six Museum, and hike along Platteklip Gorge.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cape Town itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Cape Town takes 14.5 hours. March in Cape Town sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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