29 days in Africa Itinerary

29 days in Africa Itinerary

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29 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Giza, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Lalibela, Ethiopia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Nairobi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Kigali, Rwanda
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Ruhengeri, Rwanda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  14​h 45​min
10
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  20​h 45​min
11
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
12
Cape Town, South Africa
— 2 nights
13
Windhoek, Namibia
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
14
Marrakech, Morocco
— 3 nights
End: Marrakech, Morocco

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Khan Al-Khalili and then contemplate the long history of Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Egyptian Antiquities Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River, and then do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairo travel route builder app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Cairo International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Cairo are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Giza.

Things to do in Cairo

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
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Photography Tours
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Egyptian Antiquities Museum ©
Egyptian Antiquities Museum

1
night
Giza, Egypt

Giza
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Giza trip planning tool .

Giza is just a short distance from Cairo. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in September, and nighttime lows around 75°F. You'll set off for Addis Ababa on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Giza

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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1
night
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa ©
A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Addis Ababa journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Giza to Addis Ababa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Giza to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Giza in September, expect Addis Ababa to be cooler, temps between 71°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Nature Parks
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill

2
nights
Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela ©
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then make a trip to Church of St. George. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Yemrehanna Kristos, pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Lalibela trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

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Nairobi, Kenya

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and then stop by Utamaduni Craft Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Giraffe Centre and then stroll through Nairobi National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nairobi trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lalibela to Nairobi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nairobi can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kigali.

Things to do in Nairobi

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Safaris
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

1
night
Kigali, Rwanda

A vacation in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city and economic hub, lets you experience the very heart of a landlocked country from a pleasant, safe, and organized base point.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): witness the site of a historic battle at Camp Kigali Memorial, examine the collection at Kigali Genocide Memorial, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kigali planner .

Fly from Nairobi to Kigali in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Central African Time (CAT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ruhengeri.

Things to do in Kigali

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kigali Genocide Memorial ©
Kigali Genocide Memorial
Safaris

2
nights
Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Ruhengeri ©
Most tourism in Ruhengeri revolves around the famous national park, which shelters mountain gorillas of the volcanic Virunga range.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Volcanoes National Park and then steep yourself in history at Iby'iwacu Cultural Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope and then make a trip to Karisoke Research Center - Dian Fossey Camp.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ruhengeri online travel route planner .

You can drive from Kigali to Ruhengeri in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kigali in September, things will get little chillier in Ruhengeri: highs are around 73°F and lows about 56°F. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Ruhengeri

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iby'iwacu Cultural Village
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
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Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes National Park
Umuzabibu Mwiza - Home to Handspun Hope ©

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nights
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park ©
Few adventures in the world invoke such vivid natural imagery as a trip to Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site known for its diverse animal life and memorable scenery.
Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Seronera. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Serengeti National Park, explore the striking landscape at Naabi Hill, explore and take pictures at Oldupai Gorge, and stroll through Retima Hippo Pool.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Serengeti National Park using our trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ruhengeri to Serengeti National Park with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central African Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ruhengeri in September, expect Serengeti National Park to be little chillier, temps between 59°F and 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

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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.
On the 17th (Tue), head off the coast to Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, then stop by Mwanzo Mpya, and then stroll through Cheetah's Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Nungwi Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Forodhani Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zanzibar City holiday planner .

You can fly from Serengeti National Park to Zanzibar City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Serengeti National Park in September, things will get much hotter in Zanzibar City: highs are around 86°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nosy Be.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cheetah's Rock, Nungwi Beach
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach

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nights
Nosy Be, Madagascar

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nosy Be vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Zanzibar City to Nosy Be in 15 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Nosy Be can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Nosy Be

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lokobe Nature Special Reserve ©
Lokobe Nature Special Reserve
Mont Passot ©
Mont Passot

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the views from Victoria Falls Bridge, admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On the next day, browse the exhibits of Prime Art Gallery, then get to know the resident critters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls itinerary website .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Nosy Be to Victoria Falls in 21 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Nosy Be to Victoria Falls is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nosy Be in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Victoria Falls, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
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Safaris
Victoria Falls Snake Park ©
Victoria Falls Snake Park

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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.
On the 24th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and then get great views at Cape Point. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, then go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and then admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Victoria Falls to Cape Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. While traveling from Victoria Falls, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Cape Town, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Windhoek.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then admire the landmark architecture of Christuskirche, and then see the interesting displays at Trans-Namib Railroad Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Windhoek online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Cape Town to Windhoek takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in September, with highs in Windhoek at 85°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Windhoek

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Christuskirche ©
Christuskirche
Trans-Namib Railroad Museum ©
Trans-Namib Railroad Museum

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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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bahia, and contemplate the long history of Medersa Ben Youssef.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Marrakech road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Windhoek to Marrakech takes 19 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Windhoek to Marrakech due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Windhoek in September, things will get a bit warmer in Marrakech: highs are around 91°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marrakech

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

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