47 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

47 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

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47 days in Africa & Asia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Durban, South Africa
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Kampala, Uganda
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h 15 min
5
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Pemba Island, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
8
Mombasa, Kenya
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  30 min
9
Malindi, Kenya
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
10
Nairobi, Kenya
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
11
Luxor, Egypt
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 30 min
12
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  1 h 45 min
13
Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
14
Jerusalem, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
15
Nazareth, Israel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
16
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

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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.
Cape Town is known for nature, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Cape Point, look for gifts at Baraka Gifts and Decor, observe the fascinating underwater world at Two Oceans Aquarium, and go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cape Town road trip app .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Cape Town International Airport. April in Cape Town sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Elizabeth.

Things to do in Cape Town

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

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nights
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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.
Keep things going the next day: stroll through Kragga Kamma Game Park and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Port Elizabeth trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Durban.

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Kragga Kamma Game Park ©
Kragga Kamma Game Park

2
nights
Durban, South Africa

Sunny weather and golden beaches await you on a vacation in Durban, a busy port city on the Indian Ocean known for its outdoorsy atmosphere.
On your second day here, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, have some family-friendly fun at KartingKZN Galleria, then see the interesting displays at Phansi Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Durban Botanic Gardens.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Durban trip builder.

Fly from Port Elizabeth to Durban in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Port Elizabeth in April; daily highs in Durban reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kampala.

Things to do in Durban

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

KartingKZN Galleria
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Shark Diving
uShaka Marine World ©
uShaka Marine World
Durban Botanic Gardens ©
Durban Botanic Gardens

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Kampala, Uganda

Kampala enjoys the reputation of a modern city with a buzzing atmosphere--it also serves as a good base point for exploring the surrounding area.
Explore Kampala's surroundings by going to Entebbe (Victoria Mall, Entebbe Botanic Gardens, &more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, buy something for everyone on your list at The Acacia Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaddafi National Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Uganda Martyrs National Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kampala online vacation builder.

You can fly from Durban to Kampala in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Kampala can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Serengeti National Park.

Things to do in Kampala

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Entebbe
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Safaris
Walking tours
Kampala Fair (in Entebbe) ©
Kampala Fair (in Entebbe)

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area to see Oldupai Gorge about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Seronera. There's lots more to do: stroll through Retima Hippo Pool, see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape at Naabi Hill, and contemplate the waterfront views at Grumeti River.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Serengeti National Park online itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Kampala to Serengeti National Park with the Route module. You will leave for Pemba Island on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Serengeti National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Olduvai Gorge
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Seronera ©
Seronera
Olduvai Gorge ©
Olduvai Gorge
Retima Hippo Pool ©
Retima Hippo Pool

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Pemba Island, Tanzania

Pemba Island ©
On the 25th (Sat), head off the coast to Pemba Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Ngezi Forest Reserve, delve into the distant past at Mkama Ndume Ruins at Pujini village., and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kigomasha Peninsula.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Pemba Island route maker tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Serengeti National Park to Pemba Island in 5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Pemba Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pemba Island ©
Pemba Island
Misali island ©
Misali island

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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.
Step out of Zanzibar City to go to Nungwi and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Prison Island - Changuu Private Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, steep yourself in history at House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib), and browse the exhibits of Dr Bulugu Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zanzibar City trip planning site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pemba Island to Zanzibar City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zanzibar City when traveling from Pemba Island in April, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mombasa.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cheetah's Rock, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Cheetah's Rock ©
Cheetah's Rock
Prison Island - Changuu Private Island ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa rests on the exotic shores of the Indian Ocean and serves as a globally popular vacation destination thanks to its classy hotels and friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haller Park and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Mombasa travel website.

Fly from Zanzibar City to Mombasa in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. April in Mombasa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Malindi.

Things to do in Mombasa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Haller Park ©
Haller Park

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Malindi, Kenya

Malindi ©
Offering pristine, palm-lined beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and warm, sunny weather, the port town of Malindi rightly established itself as one of Kenya's prime tourism spots.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Malindi: Watamu (Local Ocean Conservation, Watamu National Marine Park, &more). It doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gede Ruins and stroll through Watamu Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Malindi trip planner.

Malindi is very close to Mombasa. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nairobi.

Things to do in Malindi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Watamu, Gede Ruins
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Watamu National Marine Park ©
Watamu National Marine Park
Gede Ruins ©
Gede Ruins
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Nairobi is known for parks, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Nairobi National Park, explore and take pictures at GP Karting, stroll through David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and see the interesting displays at Karen Blixen Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nairobi trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Malindi to Nairobi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Malindi in May, with highs in Nairobi at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Luxor.

Things to do in Nairobi

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Off-Road Tours
Nairobi National Park ©
Nairobi National Park
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust ©
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

1
day
Luxor, Egypt

Luxor ©
A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get all the information you need at ACE - Animal Care in Egypt, then steep yourself in history at Temple of Karnak, and then pause for some photo ops at Luxor Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Luxor trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nairobi to Luxor in 10.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nairobi to Luxor, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Nairobi, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Luxor, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sharm El Sheikh.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites
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ACE - Animal Care in Egypt ©
ACE - Animal Care in Egypt
Temple of Karnak ©
Temple of Karnak
Luxor Temple ©
Luxor Temple

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sharm El Sheikh: Dahab (WICKEDiCANDY & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at SOHO Square, ponder the design of Musical Fountain Sharm el-Sheikh, admire the striking features of Al Mustafa Mosque, and stroll through Shark's Bay Beach.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Sharm El Sheikh trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Luxor to Sharm El Sheikh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Luxor in May: highs in Sharm El Sheikh hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairo.

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Dahab
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Scuba & Snorkeling
SOHO Square ©
SOHO Square
Shark's Bay Beach ©
Shark's Bay Beach

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Giza (Pyramids of Giza & Great Sphinx). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili, and stroll around Al-Azhar Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairo trip planner.

You can fly from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in May, Cairo is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Cairo

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Giza
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Photography Tours
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities ©
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza

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Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): wander the streets of Old City of Jerusalem, then admire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, then explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and finally take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Bethesda, steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, contemplate the long history of Western Wall, then make a trip to The Western Wall Tunnels, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairo to Jerusalem takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May, Jerusalem is slightly colder than Cairo - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nazareth.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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Nazareth, Israel

Nazareth ©
Known worldwide as the hometown of Jesus Christ, Nazareth draws flocks of pilgrims who come to see the place where Christ grew up, and follow his footsteps along the Jesus Trail.
Get out of town with these interesting Nazareth side-trips: Acre (Akko Old Town, Citadel of Acre, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of the Annunciation, delve into the distant past at Tel Megiddo National Park, contemplate the long history of Mary's Well, and get great views at Mt. of Precipice Lookout Point.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nazareth trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jerusalem to Nazareth takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nazareth can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Nazareth

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Acre, Franciscan Wedding Church
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The Church of the Annunciation ©
The Church of the Annunciation
Bahai Gardens  and Shrine
Bahai Gardens and Shrine
International Center Mary of Nazareth ©

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Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
On the 23rd (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Old Tel Aviv Port Area, take in the waterfront at Tayelet, then stop by Neve Tzedek, then wander the streets of Jaffa Old City, and finally make a trip to Suspended Orange Tree.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tel Aviv trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nazareth to Tel Aviv takes 1.5 hours. May in Tel Aviv sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Neve Tzedek ©
Neve Tzedek
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Tayelet ©
Tayelet

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