45 days in Africa Itinerary

45 days in Africa Itinerary

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45 days in Africa Itinerary

Start: Detroit, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Marrakech, Morocco
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
2
Nairobi, Kenya
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
6
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
8
Nelspruit, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
9
Kruger National Park, South Africa
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h
10
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Praslin Island, Seychelles
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
12
La Digue Island, Seychelles
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
13
Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
14
Giza, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Detroit, United States

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, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Majorelle, admire the striking features of Saadian Tombs, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and hunt for treasures at Jemaa el-Fnaa.

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Detroit, USA to Marrakech is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Marrakech is 5 hours. When traveling from Detroit in October, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Marrakech: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Marrakech

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Jardin Majorelle ©
Jardin Majorelle
Jemaa el-Fnaa ©
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Palacio da Bahia ©
Palacio da Bahia

4
nights
Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi ©
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.
Spend the 21st (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: stroll through Nairobi National Park, admire the landmark architecture of African Heritage House, stop by Matbronze Wildlife Art, and see the interesting displays at Nairobi National Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nairobi tour planner.

Fly from Marrakech to Nairobi in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Marrakech in October: highs in Nairobi hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Central Island National Park
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
Safaris

3
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 26th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Mara Triangle. Spend the 27th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Olare Orok Conservancy. There's more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Maasai Mara National Reserve trip planner .

Getting from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nairobi in October: high temperatures in Maasai Mara National Reserve hover around 63°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Maasai Mara National Reserve

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Olare Orok Conservancy ©
Olare Orok Conservancy
Mara Triangle ©
Mara Triangle
Balloon Rides

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Retima Hippo Pool and then stroll through Serengeti National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Seronera.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Serengeti National Park tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Maasai Mara National Reserve to Serengeti National Park in 3.5 hours. October in Serengeti National Park sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Serengeti National Park ©
Serengeti National Park
Seronera ©
Seronera
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

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 31st (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Ngorongoro Crater.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ngorongoro Crater ©
Ngorongoro Crater

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, wildlife, zoos & aquariums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Victoria Falls road trip tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Victoria Falls in 12 hours. Other options are to 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. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in November, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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, parks, shopping, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, hike along Platteklip Gorge, take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Maclear's Beacon.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape Town trip itinerary 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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Victoria Falls in November, with highs in Cape Town at 76°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nelspruit.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront ©
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

1
night
Nelspruit, South Africa

Nelspruit ©
Nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River, Nelspruit provides visitors with a convenient base point boasting two airports and an enviable location on the road between Johannesburg and the Mozambican border.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): Head underground at Sudwala Caves, then see the interesting displays at Sudwala Dinosaur Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lowveld National Botanical Garden, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nelspruit journey maker website .

You can fly from Cape Town to Nelspruit in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Nelspruit can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kruger National Park.

Things to do in Nelspruit

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Lowveld National Botanical Garden ©
Sudwala Caves ©
Sudwala Caves

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Qualito Craft Distillery in Phalaborwa (about 1h 45 min away). Spend the 10th (Tue) surrounded by wildlife at Game drives at Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Idube Game Reserve, hike along Sweni Wilderness Trail, take in breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, and take some stellar pictures from Nkumbe View Site.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kruger National Park trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nelspruit to Kruger National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. November in Kruger National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saint-Leu.

Things to do in Kruger National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Qualito Craft Distillery, Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Idube Game Reserve ©
Idube Game Reserve
Bushmans Trail ©
Bushmans Trail

4
nights
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

Saint-Leu ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Leu: Pas de Bellecombe (in Saint-Denis), La Roche Merveilleuse (in Cilaos) and Piton de Fournaise (in Saint-Benoit).

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Leu travel route tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kruger National Park to Saint-Leu. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kruger National Park to Saint-Leu. Traveling from Kruger National Park in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 71°F in Saint-Leu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Praslin Island.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Paul, La Roche Merveilleuse, Piton de Fournaise, Pas de Bellecombe
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Piton de Fournaise ©
Piton de Fournaise
Maido ©
Maido
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Praslin Island, Seychelles

Praslin Island ©
Home to some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, Praslin Island offers visitors more than just sand and sea.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and then step off the mainland to explore Curieuse Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Georgette, explore the galleries of Galerie Passerose, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Anse Lazio.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Praslin Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saint-Leu to Praslin Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Praslin Island when traveling from Saint-Leu in November, with lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to La Digue Island.

Things to do in Praslin Island

Parks Nature Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Curieuse Island ©
Curieuse Island
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve ©
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve
Anse Lazio ©
Anse Lazio

2
nights
La Digue Island, Seychelles

La Digue Island ©
La Digue Island remains a relatively unknown vacation destination, offering very few tourist facilities and an exotic though largely undeveloped coastline.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Grand Anse, kick back and relax at Anse Source D'Argent, and then kick back and relax at Anse La Reunion Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Petite Anse, kick back and relax at Anse Coco Beach, and then kick back and relax at Anse Fourmis.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read La Digue Island trip planner.

La Digue Island is just a stone's throw from Praslin Island. In November, daytime highs in La Digue Island are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in La Digue Island

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Anse Source D'Argent ©
Anse Source D'Argent
Grand Anse ©
Grand Anse
Petite Anse ©
Petite Anse

2
nights
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Luxor is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, appreciate the history behind Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, take in the spiritual surroundings of Luxor Temple, and stroll the grounds of Valley of the Kings.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Luxor trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from La Digue Island to Luxor in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from La Digue Island to Luxor due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Digue Island in November, expect cooler with lows of 57°F in Luxor. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Giza.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
ACE- Animal Care in Egypt ©
ACE- Animal Care in Egypt
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Valley of the Kings ©
Valley of the Kings

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nights
Giza, Egypt

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Pyramids of Giza, then pause for some photo ops at Great Sphinx, and then examine the collection at Musee de la Barque Solaire. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mustafa Mahmoud Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Pyramids of Dahshour, then explore the ancient world of Step Pyramid of Djoser, and finally contemplate the long history of Pharonic Village.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Giza day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Giza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Luxor in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Giza, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Step Pyramid of Djoser
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx
Step Pyramid of Djoser ©
Step Pyramid of Djoser

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