23 days in Africa Itinerary

23 days in Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Entebbe, Uganda
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Luxor, Egypt
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 3 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cape Point as well as Table Mountain National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cape Town is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Cape Town, with highs around 20°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 2 nights

City of Light

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sterkfontein Cave. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): Head underground at Sterkfontein Cave.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Johannesburg trip maker tool.

Getting from Cape Town to Johannesburg by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cape Town in June since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 5°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Arusha, Tanzania

— 4 nights
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Arusha trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Arusha takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to East Africa Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Arusha. On the 5th (Tue), you're off to Entebbe.

Things to do in Arusha

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Entebbe, Uganda

— 2 nights
Nestled on Lake Victoria Peninsula, the laid-back town of Entebbe once served as seat of the colonial government, yet remains widely known as the scene of the 1976 Israeli rescue of hostages kidnapped by Palestinian and German plane hijackers.
You've now added The Great Trekkers Safaris to your itinerary. On the 6th (Wed), tour in harmony with nature at The Great Trekkers Safaris.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Entebbe online tour planner.

Getting from Arusha to Entebbe by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Arusha in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Entebbe: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. On the 7th (Thu), you're off to Luxor.

Things to do in Entebbe

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Luxor, Egypt

— 2 nights
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 8th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Temple of Karnak and then appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings and then explore the ancient world of Tomb of King Tutankhamun (Tut).

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Luxor trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Entebbe to Luxor takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Entebbe to Luxor is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Entebbe in July, you will find days in Luxor are warmer (48°C), and nights are a bit warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Luxor

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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.
On the 10th (Sun), take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Sharm El Sheikh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. When traveling from Luxor in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sharm El Sheikh: temperatures range from 44°C by day to 34°C at night. You'll set off for Cairo on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

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Highlights from your trip

Cairo, Egypt

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

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 (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, steep yourself in history at Mosque-Sabil of Sulayman Agha al-Silahdar, explore the activities along Nile River, and shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cairo vacation planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in July: high temperatures in Cairo hover around 41°C and lows are around 28°C. You will leave for home on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Cairo

Side Trip

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South Africa travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.

Tanzania travel guide

4.1
Safaris · Beaches · Geologic Formations
Though the size and scale of Tanzania may be overwhelming, the people make it a personable and easy-going place to visit. The bigger cities not only offer good connections to the main natural attractions, but also feature bustling markets where locals sell fresh produce, snacks, and crafts. Smaller villages retain their long-held customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions. With the continent's highest peak, and some of the most animal-rich safaris available, Tanzania holidays tend to dart between the big and bold, and the personal and low-key.

Uganda travel guide

4.2
Nature & Parks · River Rafting & Tubing · National Parks
Pearl of Africa
Though small in area, Uganda represents one of the most populated landlocked countries in the world. You can feel this in the lakeside capital, but so much of the country remains untamed and untamable, with great lakes and towering mountains chief among the wilder sights. A recent troubled past delayed the growth of tourism in Uganda, but visitors now arrive in larger numbers, primarily drawn by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the country's mountains and forests. Notably, Uganda houses half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.