39 days in Africa Itinerary

39 days in Africa Itinerary

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39 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
1
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
3
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  20 h
4
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  23 h
5
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 4 nights
Drive:  8 h 45 min
6
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11 h 45 min
7
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Cape Town, South Africa
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
9
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 3 nights
End: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

5
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 5th (Wed) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Kruger National Park, stroll through Olifants Wilderness Trail, explore the ancient world of Masorini Archaeological Site, and hike along Mphongolo Backpacking Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kruger National Park trip planner.

Port Elizabeth to Kruger National Park is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Port Elizabeth, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kruger National Park, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park ©
Kruger National Park
Sweni Wilderness Trail ©
Sweni Wilderness Trail

4
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Johannesburg side-trips: Pretoria (Union Buildings & National Library of South Africa). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, stop by Jack Friedman Eastgate, brush up on your military savvy at South African National Museum of Military History, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Johannesburg vacation builder.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kruger National Park in August since evenings lows in Johannesburg dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Leu.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Casinos Wildlife

Side Trips

Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Safaris
Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Gold Reef City ©
Gold Reef City

3
nights
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

Saint-Leu ©
Saint-Leu is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Leu: Pas de Bellecombe (in Sainte-Rose), Piton de Fournaise (in Saint-Benoit) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Saint-Philippe). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Maido, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Aquasens, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Leu road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Johannesburg to Saint-Leu in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Saint-Leu is 2 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, Saint-Leu is warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Paul, Piton de Fournaise, Aquasens, Piton des Neiges, Pas de Bellecombe
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Piton de Fournaise ©
Piton de Fournaise
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Maido ©
Maido

4
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.
Marrakech is known for shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Majorelle, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bahia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koutoubia Mosque, and admire the striking features of Medersa Ben Youssef.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Marrakech tour planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saint-Leu to Marrakech takes 20 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Reunion Time (RET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Saint-Leu, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Marrakech, ranging from highs of 44°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

High Atlas Mountains
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fna
Jemaa el-Fna
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve ©
Home to the Great Migration and Africa's exceptional wildlife, Maasai Mara is a must on a Kenya itinerary.
Spend the 25th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Olare Orok Conservancy, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Musiara Swamp.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Maasai Mara National Reserve trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Marrakech to Maasai Mara National Reserve takes 23 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Marrakech to Maasai Mara National Reserve is 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Mara North Conservancy ©
Mara North Conservancy

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Engare Sero Footprint Site and then admire all the interesting features of Oldupai Gorge. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Ngorongoro Crater.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area road trip planning app.

Drive from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Ngorongoro Conservation Area in 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Victoria Falls.

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

3
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.
Victoria Falls is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, push the limits with an extreme tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Siduli Hide.

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Getting from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Victoria Falls by combination of car and flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Victoria Falls is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Victoria Falls are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Victoria Falls Snake Park ©
Victoria Falls Snake Park

6
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: get great views at Cape Point, stroll through Platteklip Gorge, stop by Abseil Africa, and explore the historical opulence of Castle of Good Hope.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Town journey maker app.

Fly from Victoria Falls to Cape Town in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Victoria Falls in September, expect nights in Cape Town to be little chillier, around 11°C, while days are cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

3
nights
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Port Elizabeth ©
The sprawling city of Port Elizabeth, nestled on the scenic Algoa Bay, draws visitors with its sandy beaches, mild climate, and an enviable location as the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park has been added to your itinerary. Explore Port Elizabeth's surroundings by going to Cathedral of St Michael and St George (in Grahamstown) and Wild Dreams Africa (in Addo). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamwari Game Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Marks Congregational Church, sample the tasty concoctions at Dockside Brewery, and look for gifts at Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Elizabeth driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Port Elizabeth sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Wild Dreams Africa
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Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park ©
Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park
Shamwari Game Reserve ©
Shamwari Game Reserve

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