40 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

40 days in Africa & Europe Itinerary

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Cape Town, South Africa
— 9 nights
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
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Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly to Arusha, Taxi to Arusha
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Arusha, Tanzania
— 1 night
Fly to Tenerife Norte Airport, Drive to Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
— 7 nights
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Maspalomas, Spain
— 8 nights
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Cape Town, South Africa

— 9 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Table Mountain Walks, Green Point Market, Clifton Beaches, and other attractions. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Fish Hoek Beach. There's much more to do: examine the collection at District Six Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Groote Kerk, and get a sense of history and politics at Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip itinerary site.

Chicago, USA to Cape Town is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in January; daily highs in Cape Town reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Victoria Falls Bridge, Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and River Rafting & Tubing. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Victoria Falls holiday planner.

You can fly from Cape Town to Victoria Falls in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
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Zanzibar City, Tanzania

— 3 nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Freddie Mercury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Forodhani Gardens, and then browse the exhibits of Dr Bulugu Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zanzibar City trip planner.

You can fly from Victoria Falls to Zanzibar City in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to East Africa Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Victoria Falls in February: high temperatures in Zanzibar City hover around 92°F and lows are around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Arusha.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
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Arusha, Tanzania

— 1 night
Nestled in the verdant foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha remains the primary gateway and jump-off point for safaris into several national parks.
To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Arusha road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Arusha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Zanzibar City in February, things will get slightly colder in Arusha: highs are around 81°F and lows about 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tarangire National Park.

Things to do in Arusha

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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tarangire National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tarangire National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Arusha to Tarangire National Park takes 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Tarangire National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

— 2 nights
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.
You've now added Seronera to your itinerary. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seronera.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park trip maker app.

Drive from Tarangire National Park to Serengeti National Park in 6.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tarangire National Park in February, with highs in Serengeti National Park at 71°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks · Nature
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Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

— 1 night
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 13th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Olduvai Gorge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ngorongoro Conservation Area online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lake Manyara National Park.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

— 1 night
A landscape rich in wildlife and diverse terrain, Lake Manyara National Park stretches across two Tanzanian regions.
On the 14th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc National du Lac Manyara.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lake Manyara National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Lake Manyara National Park. In February, daytime highs in Lake Manyara National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Arusha.

Things to do in Lake Manyara National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Arusha, Tanzania

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arusha journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

— 7 nights

Festival Capital of the Canary Islands

The lively port of Santa Cruz offers the convenience of a modern city while maintaining its laid-back island appeal.
We've included these beaches for you: Charco del Viento and Playa del Roque de las Bodegas. Take a break from Santa Cruz de Tenerife with a short trip to Casa del Platano in Icod de los Vinos, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with Tenerife Scuba, kick back and relax at El Pris, stroll through Playa Roque Bermejo, and admire the natural beauty at Plaza Del Principe.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz de Tenerife trip itinerary planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arusha to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The time zone difference when traveling from Arusha to Santa Cruz de Tenerife is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Arusha in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz de Tenerife: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Maspalomas.

Things to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Maspalomas, Spain

— 8 nights

Home to Gran Canary's Most Beautiful Beach

Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
We've included these beaches for you: Las Canteras Beach and Playa de Maspalomas. Explore Maspalomas' surroundings by going to Buceo Sur Gran Canaria (in Cruce de Arinaga) and El Antojito. Chocolates y mas delicias (in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Mogan, explore the striking landscape at Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and catch some excitement at Motos Tivoli Gran Canaria.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Maspalomas holiday builder tool.

You can fly from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Maspalomas in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. February in Maspalomas sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Maspalomas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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Zanzibar Island travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Islands
Unguja
Experience the bustling Zanzibar Island, the financial and economical metropolis of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Most tours of Zanzibar Island start in Zanzibar Town, where centuries of history are on display in Persian bathhouses, street coffee vendors, and the world's last open slave market in Stone Town, the historical center. Beyond that, attractions on Zanzibar Island include numerous archaeological sites dotted across the area.

Tenerife travel guide

4.1
Water Parks · Beaches · Aquariums
Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands. With its abundance of sun-warmed beaches, deep gorges, dramatic cliffs, dense forests, and lush valleys filled with thriving banana plantations, the island offers an impressive variety of things to do: snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, hiking, and cycling. You can even spelunk in the island’s volcanic caves and tunnels, among the largest in the world. Tenerife is also known for its nightlife, attracting thousands of weekend revelers from nearby European countries. The island is highly urbanized, though there are still pockets where visitors can enjoy the distinctive local culture and sightseeing at a slower pace.

Gran Canaria travel guide

4.1
Often described as a "continent in miniature" because of its wildly varied landscapes and climates, Grand Canaria is mostly known for its long coastline where tourism thrives at modern resorts. The island is also a ideal for sightseeing by bike or on foot. A wide range of trails, from easy to challenging, link the island’s picturesque coastline and the quieter inland areas, which are dotted by green ravines and sleepy villages. Savvy travelers explore the island’s ancient but well-preserved cave dwellings, many of which have been turned into small restaurants serving a myriad of local delicacies unlikely to be found on the menu of any big-city eatery.